If you’re shopping for new window coverings for your San Antonio house, you’re probably thinking about color schemes, insulating properties, resilience and more. An additional quality to keep in mind is safety.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found specific window coverings to be some of the top potential dangers to children in American homes, having been the cause of a number of injuries and deaths among young children. To help families find ways to make their windows and their homes safer, October is National Window Covering Safety Month.
Whether you’re looking for window coverings for kids’ rooms, or refreshing a space in which kids may visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters San Antonio is here to help ensure your home is as safe as it can be.
How Can My Windows Be Hazardous?
The #1 danger to kids in regards to window coverings in your house is hanging cords. Whether attached to shades, blinds, or a different window covering, hanging cords have been involved in a large number of injuries and fatalities to small children over the past ten years due to asphyxiation.
Window Covering Cord Safety
If possible, substitute any corded window coverings in your house with cordless versions. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all fantastic alternatives to corded window treatments, getting rid of the most hazardous element of windows for the kids in your house.
Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a great choice for children’s bedrooms, and not just because they’re not offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized by multiple family groups, including Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a safe pick.
Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes
For solid window treatments, certain varieties of paints, stains or finishes might release fumes that may negatively affect young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters emit no fumes at all, and are totally safe for any area in your house.
Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that children are instinctive climbers, and the last place you want a kid climbing is near a window. Fabric window treatments do practically nothing to protect a child from tumbling out a window, but plantation shutters can be a solid, sturdy barrier that shields your child from encountering that danger.
The Little Things You Can Do For Safe Windows
Choosing the right window covering is the most critical choice you’ll make in improving home window safety, but there are also a few other smaller things you can do as well:
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 furniture that can be easily climbed near windows that may be hazardous.
Double check that all window treatments are tightly attached to the wall or window frame to prevent falling.
If cords are unavoidable, have them pulled as highly as possible, tightly and out of reach of any children. Cords can also be retrofitted for safety–check out how to do it with this easy guide.
Start Designing Safer And Smarter, San Antonio
If you have concerns about the safety of your window treatments, we’re here to help. Call us at 210-876-0377
or use the form below to set up your free consultation, where we can show you all your options so you can have peace of mind in your home.