When choosing a new window treatment for your Indianapolis home, you’re likely considering color schemes, insulation, resilience and more. An additional quality to think about is safety.
Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found specific 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 was chosen to be National Window Covering Safety Month.
No matter if you’re looking for window coverings for children’s bedrooms, or refreshing a house in which children might visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis will help ensure your house is as safe as it can be.
How Might My Windows Be Dangerous?
The number one threat to children in regards to window coverings in the home is hanging cords. Whether attached to shades, blinds, or any other window covering, dangling cords have been involved in 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 treatments, removing the most hazardous aspect of windows for the children in your home.
Plantation shutters especially 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 kinds of stains, finishes, or paints might release fumes that can have adverse effects on young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters give off no fumes at all, and are completely safe for every space in your house.
Falling Through Windows
As every parent knows, kids are natural climbers, and the last place you want a child climbing is near a window. Fabric window treatments 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 crucial decision you’ll make in boosting home window safety, but there are some more small things you can do as well:
In kids’ rooms, keep the bed or crib away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents.
Don’t keep any climbable furniture or other objects near windows that may be dangerous.
Double check that all window treatments are solidly affixed to the wall or window frame to prevent accidents.
If cords 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
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