Denver Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety10/24/2016Gary Harding If you’re choosing new window coverings for your Denver home, you’re probably considering colors, insulation, resilience and more. An additional quality to consider is safety. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found certain window coverings to be among the top 5 “hidden hazards” in American homes, having been to blame for a number of injuries and deaths among young children. To help families find ways to increase safety around the home, October was chosen to be National Window Covering Safety Month. No matter if you’re choosing window coverings for kids’ bedrooms, or refreshing a house in which kids might visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Denver is here to help ensure your house is as safe as it can be. How Might My Windows Be Hazardous? The primary hazard to kids in regards to window coverings in your house is hanging cords. Whether a part of blinds, shades, or a different window covering, these cords have caused a large number of injuries and deaths to especially young children over the past decade due to strangulation. Window Treatment Cord Safety If possible, exchange any corded window coverings in your home with cordless versions. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all great alternatives to corded window coverings, eliminating the most dangerous aspect of windows for the kids in your house. Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a standout choice for kids’ rooms, and not just because they’re not offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated by multiple family and safety groups, including Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a top safety pick. Dangerous Window Covering Finishes For solid window treatments, specific varieties of stains, finishes, or paints may release fumes that may negatively affect young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters release no fumes whatsoever, and are completely safe for every room in your house. Window Falls As every parent knows, children are natural climbers, and the window is the last place you want a kid to climb near. Fabric window treatments do virtually nothing to protect a child from stumbling out a window, but plantation shutters can provide a solid, stalwart barrier that keeps your child from encountering that danger. The Little Things You Can Do For Safe Windows Selecting the best window treatment is the most crucial decision you can make in enhancing home window safety, but there are also a few other smaller things you can do to help: In kids’ bedrooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents. Don’t leave any scalable furniture or other objects near windows that may be hazardous. Double check that all window coverings are solidly attached to the window frame or wall to prevent falling. If corded window treatments are absolutely necessary, make sure they’re pulled taut so they’re higher up, out of reach of any children. You can also try retrofitting them with this easy guide. Let’s Make Your Home Safer And Smarter, Denver If you’ve got questions about window treatment safety, we’re more than happy to help. Give us a call at 720-538-0182 or fill out the form below to set up your free consultation, during which we can walk you through all your options so you can have peace of mind in your home.