Gainesville Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety10/24/2016Eric Ramsey When shopping for a new window covering for your Gainesville home, you’re probably considering colors, insulating properties, resilience and more. But another thing to consider is safety. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found select window treatments to be some of the top hazards to children in homes across the country, having caused a number of injuries and even deaths among young children. To increase awareness and help families find solutions to avoid these incidents, October is National Window Covering Safety Month. Whether you’re looking for window treatments for kids’ rooms, or furnishing a space in which kids may visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Gainesville is here to help make sure your home is as safe as it can be. How Might My Windows Be Dangerous? The #1 danger to children in regards to window coverings in your house is dangling cords. Whether attached to blinds, shades, or another window covering, these cords have been the cause of a large number of injuries and deaths to small children over the last decade due to strangulation. Window Covering Cord Safety If possible, substitute any window covering with cords in your home with non-corded replacements. Cordless blinds, shutters, and cordless shades are all great substitutes for corded window coverings, eliminating the most hazardous component of windows for the children in your house. Plantation shutters especially are a standout choice for children’s bedrooms, and not just because they’re not offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated as a safe pick by window safety and family organizations like Parents for Window Blind Safety. Dangerous Window Covering Finishes For solid window treatments, some types of finishes, paints or stains might give off fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters emit no fumes from any finish or stain, and are 100% safe for every area in your home. Falling Through Windows Almost every parent knows that children are natural climbers, and the window is the last place you want your child to climb to. Fabric window coverings do practically nothing to keep a child from tumbling 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 Picking the best window covering is the most critical decision you can make in enhancing home window safety, but there are also a few other smaller things you can do as well: In children’s rooms, keep the bed or crib away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents. Don’t have any furniture that can be easily scaled near windows that may be hazardous. Make sure all window treatments are tightly attached to the window frame or wall to prevent accidents. 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. Make Your House Safer And Smarter, Gainesville If you’ve got questions about the safety of your window treatments, we’re glad to help. Call us at 813-602-5966 or use the form below to set up a free consultation, during which we can show you all your options so you can rest easy in your home.