Cleveland Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety10/24/2016Nate Gromen When choosing new window coverings for your Cleveland house, you’re likely 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 hazards to children in homes across the country, having caused a number of injuries and deaths among young children. To increase awareness and help families find solutions to make their windows and their homes safer, October has been designated National Window Covering Safety Month. No matter if you’re choosing window coverings for kids’ rooms, or refreshing a home in which kids may visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Cleveland is here to help ensure your house is as safe as possible. How Might My Windows Be Hazardous? The number one danger to kids when it comes to window treatments in your home is dangling cords. Whether a part of shades, blinds, or a different window covering, dangling cords have caused hundreds of injuries and deaths to infants and young children over the last ten years due to strangulation. Window Treatment Cord Safety If possible, replace any corded window treatments in your home with non-corded versions. Cordless shades, cordless blinds, and shutters are all fantastic alternatives to corded window coverings, eliminating the most hazardous aspect of windows for the kids in your house. Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a standout choice for children’s bedrooms, and not just because they’re not offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized as a top safety pick by window safety and family organizations including Parents for Window Blind Safety. Dangerous Window Covering Finishes For solid window treatments, specific types of paints, stains or finishes may emit fumes that may negatively affect young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters emit no fumes whatsoever, and are 100% safe for every room in your house. Falling Through Windows Almost every parent knows that kids are instinctive climbers, and the window is the last place you want your child to climb to. Fabric window treatments do almost nothing to protect a child from stumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can provide a solid, stalwart barrier that keeps your child from encountering that danger. What You Can Do For Safe Windows Selecting the proper window treatment is the most important choice you can make in improving home window safety, but there are things you can do as well: In children’s bedrooms, keep the bed or crib away from the window. The distance helps decrease likelihood of any accidents. Try not to have any furniture that can be easily scaled near windows that may be dangerous. Make sure all window coverings are solidly secured to the window frame or wall to prevent accidents. If cords are absolutely necessary, have them pulled close to the ceiling and out of reach of any children. An additional way to keep cords out of reach is to retrofit them with this easy guide. Start Designing Safer And Smarter, Cleveland If you’ve got questions about window treatment safety, we’re more than happy to help. Call us at 440-561-6787 or fill out the form below to set up your free consultation, where we can show you all your options to ensure that you rest easy in your home.