Houston Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety10/24/2016Cory Cryer If you’re looking for new window coverings for your Houston home, you’re probably considering color schemes, insulating properties, durability and more. One item that you might want to consider is safety. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found select window treatments to be among the top five “hidden hazards” in American homes, having been to blame for a number of injuries and fatalities among young children. To increase awareness and help families find ways to increase safety around the home, October was chosen to be National Window Covering Safety Month. No matter if you’re choosing window coverings for kids’ bedrooms, or redecorating a space in which kids could visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Houston can help make sure your home is as safe as possible. How Might My Windows Be Dangerous? The primary danger to kids in regards to window treatments in your home is dangling cords. Whether a part of blinds, shades, or any other window treatment, dangling cords have been involved in hundreds of injuries and deaths to infants and young children over the past decade from asphyxiation. Window Covering Cord Safety If you can, substitute any window treatment with cords in your house with cordless versions. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all great substitutes for corded window coverings, removing the most dangerous aspect of windows for the children in your home. Plantation shutters in particular are a perfect choice for kids’ bedrooms, and not only because they aren’t even offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated by multiple family and safety organizations, such as Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a top safety pick. Dangerous Window Covering Finishes For solid window treatments, certain varieties of paints, stains or finishes can release fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters give off no fumes at all, and are 100% safe for any room in your house. Falling Through Windows Almost every parent knows that children 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 be a solid, stout barrier that keeps your child from coming into contact with the window. What You Can Do To Improve Safety Selecting the best window covering is the most important choice you’ll make in improving home window safety, but there are some more small 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. Don’t keep any furniture that can be easily climbed near windows that may be dangerous. Make sure all window coverings are firmly affixed to the window frame or wall to prevent falling. If corded window treatments are unavoidable, have them pulled taut so they’re higher up, out of reach of any children. Retrofitting your cords is also an option with this easy guide. Let’s Make Your Home Safer And Smarter, Houston If you’ve got questions about how safe your windows are, we’re more than happy to help. Call us at 713-853-9629 or use the form below to set up a free consultation, where we can show you all your options to ensure that you rest easy in your home.