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Gainesville Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety

October 24, 2016

When shopping for a new window covering for your Gainesville home, you’re probably considering colors, insulation, longevity and more. One item that you might want to consider is safety.

Child safe plantation shutters in Gainesville kitchen.

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 shopping for window treatments for kids’ rooms, or decorating a house 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 threat to children in regards to window coverings in the home 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 perfect 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.

Seal of Approval by Parents for Window Blind Safety in Gainesville

Dangerous Window Covering Finishes

For solid window treatments, some kinds of finishes, paints or stains can release fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters emit no fumes from any finish or stain, and are totally safe for every area in your home.

Falling Through Windows

Almost every parent knows that children are serious 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 falling through a window, but plantation shutters can be a firm, sturdy barrier that shields your child from encountering that danger.

What You Can Do For Safe Windows

Gainesville infant's nursery with blue shades. 

Picking the proper window covering is the most crucial decision you can make in boosting 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 keep any furniture that can be easily scaled near windows that may be hazardous.

  • Ensure that all window treatments are tightly attached to the window frame or wall to prevent accidents.

  • If cords are unavoidable, have them pulled taut so they’re higher up, out of reach of any children. Cords can also be retrofitted for safety–check out how to do it with this easy guide.

Design Your Home Safer And Smarter, Gainesville

If you’ve got questions about the safety of your window treatments, we’re here to help. Call us at 813-602-5966 or use the form below to schedule a free consultation, during which we can show you all your options so you can rest easy in your home.