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Window Treatment Safety for Kingsport Homeowners

October 24, 2016

If you’re choosing new window treatments for your Kingsport house, you’re probably thinking about color schemes, energy efficiency, durability and more. An additional quality to consider is safety.

Childproof plantation shutters in Kingsport kitchen.

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 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 house 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 any other window covering, dangling cords have been involved in hundreds of injuries and fatalities to infants and young children over the past decade due to asphyxiation.

Window Treatment Cord Safety

If you can, replace any window covering with cords in your home with non-corded versions. Cordless shades, cordless blinds, and shutters are all great substitutes for corded window treatments, getting rid of 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 by multiple family organizations, including Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a safe pick.

Safe Pick by Parents for Window Blind Safety in Kingsport

Dangerous Window Treatment Finishes

For solid window treatments, certain types of paints, stains or finishes may release fumes that can have adverse effects on young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters release no fumes at all, and are totally safe for any room in your house.

Window Falls

Almost every parent knows that children are serious 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, sturdy barrier that protects your child from encountering that danger.

What You Can Do To Improve Safety

Kingsport child's bedroom with cellular shades. 

Selecting the best window covering is the most crucial 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 keep any climbable furniture or other objects near windows that may be dangerous.

  • Ensure that all window coverings are firmly 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. Another option is to retrofit your cords, which you can do with this easy guide.

Let’s Make Your Home Safer And Smarter, Kingsport

If you have concerns about how safe your windows are, 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.
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