Window Treatment Safety for Jacksonville Homeowners10/24/2016Kevin McCormack When choosing new window coverings for your Jacksonville house, you’re probably thinking about colors, insulating properties, resilience and more. One item that you might want to keep in mind is safety. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found specific window treatments to be among the top five “hidden hazards” in homes across the country, having caused a number of injuries and deaths among infants and small children. To increase awareness and help families find solutions to make their windows and their homes safer, October has been designated National Window Covering Safety Month. Whether you’re looking for window coverings for children’s rooms, or redecorating a house in which kids might visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville will help make sure your house is as safe as it can be. How Can My Windows Be Hazardous? The number one hazard to children in regards to window treatments in your house is dangling cords. Whether attached to blinds, shades, or another window covering, these cords have accounted for hundreds of injuries and fatalities to especially young children over the past decade from asphyxiation. Window Treatment Cord Safety If possible, replace any window treatment with cords in your house with non-corded replacements. Cordless blinds, shutters, and cordless shades are all great alternatives to corded window coverings, eliminating the most hazardous aspect of windows for the kids in your home. Plantation shutters especially are a great choice for children’s bedrooms, and not only because they’re not offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized by multiple family and safety organizations, such as Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a safe pick. Dangerous Window Treatment Finishes For solid window treatments, some kinds of stains, finishes, or paints may release fumes that may negatively affect young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters emit no fumes at all, and are totally safe for every area in your home. Falling Through Windows Almost every parent knows that children are natural climbers, and the last place you want a kid climbing is up to a window. Fabric window coverings do virtually nothing to keep a child from falling through a window, but plantation shutters can provide a firm, sturdy barrier that keeps your child from coming into contact with the window. What You Can Do For Safe Windows Picking the best window treatment is the most important decision you’ll make in enhancing window safety in your home, but there are things you can do to help: In children’s bedrooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. The distance helps decrease likelihood of any accidents. Try not to keep any furniture that can be easily climbed near windows that may be dangerous. Make sure all window treatments are firmly affixed to the wall or window frame to prevent falling. If cords are unavoidable, have them pulled close to the ceiling and out of reach of any children. You can also try retrofitting them with this easy guide. Start Designing Safer And Smarter, Jacksonville If you have questions about the safety of your window treatments, we’re here to help. Give us a call at 904-289-1663 or use the form below to schedule a free consultation, during which we can show you all your options to ensure that you have peace of mind in your home.