Window Treatment Safety for Indianapolis Homeowners10/24/2016Bill Burke When choosing a new window treatment for your Indianapolis home, you’re likely considering color schemes, insulating properties, longevity and more. An additional quality to keep in mind is safety. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found select window coverings to be among the top 5 “hidden hazards” in American homes, having caused a number of injuries and deaths among infants and small children. To help families find ways to make their windows and their homes safer, October has been designated National Window Covering Safety Month. No matter if you’re shopping for window coverings for children’s bedrooms, or refreshing a space in which children might visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis can help ensure your house is as safe as it can be. How Could My Windows Be Dangerous? The #1 danger to children in regards to window coverings in your house is hanging cords. Whether attached to shades, blinds, or any other window covering, hanging cords have accounted for a large number of injuries and deaths to small children over the past ten years due to strangulation. Window Treatment Cord Safety If possible, replace any corded window treatments in your home with non-corded replacements. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all great substitutes for corded window coverings, getting rid of the most hazardous element of windows for the children in your home. Plantation shutters in particular are a great choice for children’s rooms, and not only because they’re not offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized as a top safety pick by window safety and family organizations such as Parents for Window Blind Safety. Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes For solid window treatments, certain types of stains, finishes, or paints can give off fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters give off no fumes whatsoever, and are completely safe for every space in your house. Falling Through Windows As every parent knows, children are serious climbers, and the last place you want a child climbing is close to a window. Fabric window treatments do almost nothing to keep a child from tumbling out 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 Selecting the proper window covering is the most critical decision you’ll make in enhancing home window safety, but there are things you can do as well: In kids’ rooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents. Don’t keep any furniture that can be easily climbed near windows that may be dangerous. Double check that all window treatments are solidly attached to the wall or window frame to prevent accidents. If corded window treatments are absolutely necessary, have them pulled close to the ceiling and out of reach of any children. Retrofitting your cords is also an option with this easy guide. Start Designing Safer And Smarter, Indianapolis If you’ve got questions about window treatment safety, we’re glad to help. Call us at 317-558-9066 or fill out the form below to set up your free consultation, where we can walk you through all your options so you can rest easy in your home.