When choosing a new window covering for your Chicago house, you’re likely thinking about color schemes, insulating properties, durability and more. An additional quality to keep in mind is safety.
Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found specific window coverings to be some of the top hazards to children in homes across the country, having caused a number of injuries and deaths among young children. To help families find solutions to avoid these incidents, October is National Window Covering Safety Month.
No matter if you’re looking for window coverings for children’s rooms, or redecorating a home in which kids might visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Chicago is here to help make sure your house is as safe as possible.
How Might My Windows Be Dangerous?
The primary threat to kids in regards to window coverings in your home is hanging cords. Whether attached to blinds, shades, or a different window covering, hanging cords have accounted for hundreds of injuries and fatalities to children over the last ten years due to strangulation.
Window Covering Cord Safety
If possible, substitute any window covering with cords in your house with cordless versions. Cordless blinds, shutters, and cordless shades are all great substitutes for corded window coverings, removing the most hazardous aspect of windows for the kids in your house.
Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a perfect choice for children’s bedrooms, and not only because they’re not even offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized as a top safety pick by window safety and family groups like Parents for Window Blind Safety.
Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes
For solid window treatments, some varieties of stains, finishes, or paints may release fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters emit no fumes at all, and are totally safe for any space in your house.
Falling Through Windows
Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that kids are natural climbers, and the last place you want a kid climbing is close to a window. Fabric window treatments do almost nothing to protect a child from falling through a window, but plantation shutters can provide a firm, sturdy barrier that shields your child from coming into contact with the window.
The Little Things You Can Do For Safe Windows
Picking the proper window covering is the most important choice you can make in enhancing home window safety, but there are things you can do to help:
In children’s rooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents.
Don’t have any furniture that can be easily climbed near windows that may be dangerous.
Double check that all window coverings are tightly affixed to the wall or window frame to prevent accidents.
If cords are unavoidable, make sure they’re pulled close to the ceiling and out of reach of any children. Cords can also be retrofitted for safety–check out how to do it with this easy guide.
Let’s Make Your Home Safer And Smarter, Chicago
If you have questions about the safety of your window treatments, we’re more than happy to help. Call us at 847-250-6544
or fill out the form below to set up a free consultation, where we can walk you through all your options to ensure that you have peace of mind in your home.