Window Treatment Safety for San Antonio Homeowners10/24/2016Tyler Jorgensen If you’re looking for new window treatments 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 among the top 5 “hidden hazards” in American homes, having been the cause of a number of injuries and deaths among young children. To help families find ways to increase safety around the home, October is National Window Covering Safety Month. Whether you’re looking for window coverings for kids’ rooms, or refreshing a house 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 the home is hanging cords. Whether attached to shades, blinds, or a different window covering, dangling cords have accounted for 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 window treatment with cords in your house with cordless versions. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all fantastic alternatives to corded window treatments, removing 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 as a safe pick by window safety and family groups like Parents for Window Blind Safety. Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes For solid window treatments, certain varieties of paints, stains or finishes can give off fumes that may negatively affect young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters release no fumes whatsoever, and are 100% safe for any area in your house. Window Falls Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that children are instinctive climbers, and the window is the last place you want your child to climb near. Fabric window treatments do almost nothing to protect a child from falling out a window, but plantation shutters can be a solid, sturdy barrier that protects your child from encountering that danger. The Little Things You Can Do For Safe Windows Choosing the right window covering is the most crucial 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 have any climbable furniture or other objects near windows that may be hazardous. Double check that all window treatments are firmly 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. Let’s Design Safer And Smarter, San Antonio If you have concerns about the safety of your window treatments, we’re glad 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.