Salt Lake City Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety10/24/2016Matt Thelander If you’re choosing a new window covering for your Salt Lake City home, you’re probably thinking about color schemes, insulation, resilience and more. An additional quality to keep in mind is safety. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found certain window treatments to be among the top five “hidden hazards” in American homes, having caused a number of injuries and deaths among infants and small children. To help families find ways to avoid these incidents, October was chosen to be National Window Covering Safety Month. No matter if you’re shopping for window coverings for kids’ rooms, or redecorating a space in which kids will visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City can help ensure your home is as safe as it can be. How Might My Windows Be Hazardous? The primary hazard to children when it comes to window treatments in your home is dangling cords. Whether a part of blinds, shades, or a different window covering, dangling cords have been involved in hundreds of injuries and deaths to especially young children over the last ten years due to strangulation. Window Covering Cord Safety If you can, exchange any window covering with cords in your house with cordless replacements. Cordless shades, cordless blinds, and shutters are all fantastic alternatives to corded window treatments, removing the most hazardous aspect of windows for the kids in your home. Plantation shutters especially are a perfect choice for children’s bedrooms, and not only because they’re not offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized as a safe pick by window safety and family organizations such as Parents for Window Blind Safety. Dangerous Window Treatment Finishes For solid window treatments, certain types of stains, finishes, or paints might give off fumes that can have adverse effects on young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters give off no fumes at all, and are completely safe for every room in your house. Falling Through Windows As every parent knows, children are serious climbers, and the window is the last place you want a kid to climb to. Fabric window treatments do virtually nothing to protect a child from tumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can be a firm, stalwart barrier that shields your child from encountering that danger. What You Can Do For Safe Windows Choosing the proper window covering is the most crucial decision you can make in improving home window safety, but there are a few additional small things you can do to help: In kids’ rooms, move the bed or crib away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents. Try not to leave any scalable furniture or other objects near windows that may be hazardous. Double check that all window treatments are tightly secured to the window frame or wall to prevent falling. If cords are unavoidable, have them pulled as highly as possible, tightly and out of reach of any children. Another option is to retrofit your cords, which you can do with this easy guide. Make Your House Safer And Smarter, Salt Lake City If you have concerns about how safe your windows are, we’re glad to help. Give us a call at 801-515-3598 or use the form below to schedule a free consultation, where we can show you all your options so you can have peace of mind in your home.