If you’re shopping for new window coverings for your Miami home, you’re likely thinking about color schemes, energy efficiency, resilience and more. But another thing to consider is safety.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found select window coverings to be some of the top potential dangers to kids in homes across the country, having been to blame for a number of injuries and fatalities among infants and small children. To increase awareness and help families find solutions to increase safety around the home, October was chosen to be National Window Covering Safety Month.
Whether you’re choosing window treatments for kids’ rooms, or redecorating a space in which kids could visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters Miami will help make sure your home is as safe as it can be.
How Could My Windows Be Dangerous?
The #1 danger to kids in regards to window treatments in your house is dangling cords. Whether a part of blinds, shades, or any other window treatment, hanging cords have been involved in hundreds of injuries and deaths to small children over the past decade due to strangulation.
Window Covering Cord Safety
If possible, replace any window covering with cords in your home with non-corded replacements. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all great substitutes for corded window treatments, removing the most dangerous component of windows for the children in your home.
Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a perfect choice for children’s bedrooms, and not just because they aren’t even offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized by multiple family and safety groups, including Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a safe pick.
Dangerous Window Covering Finishes
For solid window treatments, some kinds of stains, finishes, or paints can release fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters give off no fumes at all, and are totally safe for any space in your house.
Falling Through Windows
Almost every parent knows that kids are serious climbers, and the window is the last place you want your child to climb near. Fabric window coverings do almost nothing to keep a child from tumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can be a solid, sturdy barrier that shields your child from encountering that danger.
What You Can Do For Safe Windows
Choosing the best window treatment is the most critical decision you can make in improving home window safety, but there are things you can do as well:
In children’s rooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. The distance helps decrease likelihood of any accidents.
Try not to leave any scalable furniture or other objects near windows that may be dangerous.
Ensure that all window treatments are solidly affixed to the wall or window frame to prevent accidents.
If cords are absolutely necessary, have them pulled taut so they’re higher up, 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 Design Safer And Smarter, Miami
If you’ve got concerns about how safe your windows are, we’re here to help. Call us at 305-520-7515
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