If you’re shopping for a new window treatment for your Minneapolis house, you’re probably considering color schemes, energy efficiency, durability and more. One item that you might want to keep in mind is safety.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found select window treatments to be some of the top potential dangers to kids in homes across the country, having been to blame for a number of injuries and even deaths among young children. To help families find ways to make their windows and their homes safer, October has been designated National Window Covering Safety Month.
Whether you’re choosing window treatments for kids’ bedrooms, or refreshing a home in which kids might visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis will help make sure your house is as safe as it can be.
How Can My Windows Be Hazardous?
The number one danger to children when it comes to window treatments in the home is hanging cords. Whether attached to shades, blinds, or any other window treatment, dangling cords have been the cause of hundreds of injuries and fatalities to children over the past ten years due to asphyxiation.
Window Treatment Cord Safety
If you can, exchange any corded window treatments in your home with cordless versions. Cordless blinds, shutters, and cordless shades are all great substitutes for corded window treatments, removing the most dangerous component of windows for the kids in your house.
Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a great choice for kids’ bedrooms, and not just because they aren’t even offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized as a top safety pick by window safety and family groups like Parents for Window Blind Safety.
Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes
For solid window treatments, specific types of finishes, paints or stains might give off fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters give off no fumes at all, and are 100% safe for every space in your home.
Falling Through Windows
Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that kids are instinctive climbers, and the window is the last place you want a kid to climb to. Fabric window coverings do practically nothing to keep a child from stumbling out a window, but plantation shutters can be a solid, stalwart barrier that protects your child from coming into contact with the window.
What You Can Do To Improve Safety
Selecting the right window covering is the most crucial choice you’ll make in boosting home window safety, but there are things you can do to help:
In kids’ bedrooms, move the bed or crib away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents.
Don’t have any furniture that can be easily scaled near windows that may be hazardous.
Ensure that all window coverings are firmly secured to the window frame or wall to prevent accidents.
If corded window treatments are unavoidable, have them pulled as highly as possible, tightly and out of reach of any children. Another option is to retrofit your cords, which you can do with this easy guide.
Let’s Make Your Home Safer And Smarter, Minneapolis
If you have questions about window treatment safety, we’re more than happy to help. Give us a call at 952-856-8130
or use the form below to set up a free consultation, where we can show you all your options so you can have peace of mind in your home.