Window Treatment Safety for Kingsport Homeowners10/24/2016Jacob Hayes If you’re choosing new window coverings for your Kingsport house, you’re probably thinking about color schemes, energy efficiency, durability and more. An additional quality to consider is safety. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found select window coverings to be among the top 5 “hidden hazards” in American homes, having been to blame for a number of injuries and even deaths among young children. To help families find solutions to increase safety around the home, October is National Window Covering Safety Month. No matter if you’re choosing window treatments for children’s rooms, or redecorating a space in which children might visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Kingsport can help ensure your house is as safe as it can be. How Can My Windows Be Dangerous? The number one hazard to children when it comes to window coverings in your home is hanging cords. Whether a part of blinds, shades, or another window covering, hanging cords have been involved in hundreds of injuries and fatalities to especially young children over the past decade due to asphyxiation. Window Treatment Cord Safety If you can, replace any corded window coverings in your home with non-corded versions. Cordless shades, cordless blinds, and shutters are all great substitutes for corded window treatments, removing the most dangerous part of windows for the kids in your house. Plantation shutters in particular are a great choice for children’s bedrooms, and not just because they aren’t offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized as a safe pick by window safety and family groups such as Parents for Window Blind Safety. Dangerous Window Treatment Finishes For solid window treatments, certain types of paints, stains or finishes may give off fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters release no fumes whatsoever, and are 100% safe for any room in your house. Window Falls Almost every parent knows that children are natural climbers, and the window is the last place you want a kid to climb to. Fabric window treatments do practically nothing to keep a child from stumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can be a solid, stalwart barrier that protects your child from encountering that danger. What You Can Do To Improve Safety Picking the best window covering is the most critical decision you’ll make in enhancing home window safety, but there are also a few other smaller things you can do as well: In children’s bedrooms, keep the bed or crib away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents. Try not to have any furniture that can be easily climbed near windows that may be dangerous. Ensure that all window coverings are tightly secured to the wall or window frame to prevent falling. If cords are absolutely necessary, have them pulled taut so they’re higher up, out of reach of any children. An additional way to keep cords out of reach is to retrofit them with this easy guide. Let’s Make Your Home Safer And Smarter, Kingsport If you have concerns about window treatment safety, we’re here to help. Call us at 276-685-5343 or use the form below to schedule your free consultation, during which we can show you all your options to ensure that you rest easy in your home.