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Salt Lake City Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety

October 24, 2016

If you’re choosing a new window covering for your Salt Lake City home, you’re probably thinking about color schemes, insulating properties, longevity and more. An additional quality to think about is safety.

kid-friendly plantation shutters in Salt Lake City kitchen.

Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found certain window treatments 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 small children and infants. To help families find ways to avoid these incidents, October has been designated National Window Covering Safety Month.

No matter if you’re looking for window coverings for kids’ rooms, or redecorating a space in which kids will visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City will help ensure your home is as safe as it can be.

How Could 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 accounted for hundreds of injuries and deaths to especially young children over the last ten years due to strangulation.

Window Covering Cord Safety

If you can, substitute any corded window treatments in your house with cordless replacements. Cordless shades, cordless blinds, and shutters are all fantastic alternatives to corded window treatments, getting rid of the most hazardous aspect of windows for the kids in your home.

Plantation shutters especially are a standout 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.

Safe Pick by Parents for Window Blind Safety in Salt Lake City

Dangerous Window Treatment Finishes

For solid window treatments, certain types of stains, finishes, or paints might release fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters give off no fumes whatsoever, and are completely safe for every room in your house.

Falling Through Windows

Almost every parent knows that children are natural climbers, and the last place you want a child climbing is near a window. Fabric window treatments do virtually nothing to protect a child from falling through a window, but plantation shutters can be a firm, sturdy barrier that protects your child from encountering that danger.

What You Can Do For Safe Windows

Salt Lake City baby's room with honeycomb shades. 

Choosing the best 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 furniture that can be easily scaled near windows that may be hazardous.

  • Double check that all window treatments are firmly secured to the window frame or wall to prevent falling.

  • If cords are unavoidable, have them pulled taut so they’re higher up, out of reach of any children. Another option is to retrofit your cords, which you can do with this easy guide.

Design Your Home Safer And Smarter, Salt Lake City

If you have concerns about how safe your windows are, we’re here 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.