When shopping for a new window covering for your Boise home, you’re probably considering color schemes, insulating properties, resilience and more. But another thing to keep in mind is safety.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found certain window coverings to be some of the top hazards to kids in homes across the country, having caused a number of injuries and deaths among young children. To help families find solutions to increase safety around the home, October has been designated National Window Covering Safety Month.
No matter if you’re choosing window coverings for kids’ rooms, or refreshing a house in which kids could visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions is here to help make sure your house is as safe as possible.
How Can My Windows Be Hazardous?
The #1 threat to kids in regards to window coverings in your house is dangling cords. Whether attached to shades, blinds, or a different window treatment, dangling cords have caused hundreds of injuries and deaths to especially young children over the past ten years from strangulation.
Window Treatment Cord Safety
If you can, exchange any corded window coverings in your home with cordless replacements. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all great substitutes for corded window coverings, eliminating the most dangerous component of windows for the children in your house.
Plantation shutters especially are a great choice for kids’ rooms, and not only because they aren’t offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized by multiple family and safety organizations, such as Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a top safety pick.
Hazardous Window Covering Finishes
For solid window treatments, certain kinds of paints, stains or finishes can emit fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters emit no fumes from any finish or stain, and are completely safe for every area in your house.
Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that children are serious climbers, and the window is the last place you want your child to climb to. Fabric window coverings do practically nothing to keep a child from falling out a window, but plantation shutters can provide a solid, stalwart barrier that shields your child from encountering that danger.
What You Can Do For Safe Windows
Choosing the best window covering is the most important decision you’ll make in improving home window safety, but there are a few additional small things you can do to help:
In kids’ rooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents.
Don’t keep any climbable furniture or other objects near windows that may be dangerous.
Ensure that all window coverings are firmly affixed to the window frame or wall to prevent accidents.
If cords are absolutely necessary, make sure they’re pulled taut so they’re higher up, out of reach of any children. Retrofitting your cords is also an option with this easy guide.
Design Your Home Safer And Smarter, Boise
If you have concerns about window treatment safety, we’re glad to help. Call us at 208-609-9129
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.