Orlando Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety10/24/2016Todd Hansen When choosing a new window treatment for your Orlando home, you’re probably considering colors, energy efficiency, durability and more. But another thing to think about is safety. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found certain window treatments to be among the top five “hidden hazards” in American homes, having been the cause of a number of injuries and even deaths among small children and infants. To increase awareness and help families find ways to make their windows and their homes safer, October is National Window Covering Safety Month. No matter if you’re choosing window treatments for children’s bedrooms, or refreshing a space in which children could visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Orlando is here to help ensure your home is as safe as it can be. How Could My Windows Be Dangerous? The #1 threat to children when it comes to window treatments in your house is hanging cords. Whether a part of shades, blinds, or any other window treatment, dangling cords have been involved in a large number of injuries and fatalities to small children over the last ten years due to asphyxiation. Window Treatment Cord Safety If possible, replace any window covering with cords in your house with non-corded replacements. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all fantastic substitutes for corded window treatments, getting rid of the most hazardous element of windows for the children in your home. Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a great choice for children’s bedrooms, and not just because they aren’t even offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated 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, some types of finishes, paints or stains might release fumes that can have adverse effects on young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters release no fumes whatsoever, and are 100% safe for every area in your home. Window Falls As every parent knows, children are serious climbers, and the last place you want a kid climbing is close to a window. Fabric window coverings do virtually nothing to protect a child from stumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can provide a solid, stout barrier that keeps your child from encountering that danger. The Little Things You Can Do For Safe Windows Choosing the best window treatment is the most critical decision you’ll make in improving window safety in your home, but there are some more small things you can do as well: In kids’ bedrooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents. Try not to leave any scalable furniture or other objects near windows that may be hazardous. Double check that all window coverings are solidly affixed to the window frame or wall to prevent accidents. If cords are absolutely necessary, make sure they’re pulled as highly as possible, tightly and out of reach of any children. You can also try retrofitting them with this easy guide. Make Your House Safer And Smarter, Orlando If you’ve got concerns about the safety of your window treatments, we’re here to help. Give us a call at 407-630-7011 or use the form below to set up a free consultation, during which we can show you all your options to ensure that you have peace of mind in your home.