Window Treatment Safety for Miami Homeowners10/24/2016David White If you’re looking for new window treatments for your Miami home, you’re likely thinking about color schemes, energy efficiency, longevity 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 deaths 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 number one danger to kids in regards to window treatments in the home is dangling cords. Whether a part of blinds, shades, or another window treatment, hanging cords have accounted for 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, getting rid of the most dangerous component of windows for the children in your home. Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a standout 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. Hazardous Window Covering Finishes For solid window treatments, some kinds of finishes, paints or stains can give off fumes that can have adverse effects on young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters give off no fumes whatsoever, and are 100% safe for any room in your house. Falling Through Windows Almost every parent knows that kids are serious climbers, and the last place you want a kid climbing is up to a window. Fabric window coverings do almost nothing to keep a child from tumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can provide a solid, sturdy barrier that protects your child from encountering that danger. What You Can Do For Safe Windows Choosing the best window treatment is the most crucial decision you can make in improving home window safety, but there are things you can do as well: In children’s rooms, keep the bed or crib 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. Start Designing Safer And Smarter, Miami If you’ve got concerns about window treatment safety, we’re glad to help. Call us at 305-520-7515 or fill out the form below to set up your free consultation, during which we can walk you through all your options to ensure that you rest easy in your home.