Window Treatment Safety for Colorado Springs Homeowners10/24/2016Gary Harding When choosing new window treatments for your Colorado Springs home, you’re likely thinking about colors, insulation, resilience and more. One item that you might want to keep in mind is safety. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found certain window coverings to be some of the top hazards to children in homes across the country, having been to blame for 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 shopping for window coverings for children’s rooms, or redecorating a house in which children will visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs is here to help make sure your house is as safe as possible. How Can My Windows Be Dangerous? The #1 hazard to children when it comes to window coverings in the home is dangling cords. Whether a part of blinds, shades, or another window covering, these cords have been the cause of hundreds of injuries and deaths to small children over the last ten years from asphyxiation. Window Treatment Cord Safety If you can, substitute any corded window treatments in your house with cordless versions. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all fantastic alternatives to corded window coverings, eliminating the most dangerous element of windows for the children in your home. Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a perfect choice for kids’ bedrooms, and not just because they’re not offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized by multiple family groups, including Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a safe pick. Dangerous Window Treatment Finishes For solid window treatments, specific types of stains, finishes, or paints may release fumes that can have adverse effects on young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters emit no fumes whatsoever, and are completely safe for any space in your home. Window Falls As every parent knows, children are natural climbers, and the window is the last place you want your child to climb to. Fabric window treatments do practically nothing to protect a child from stumbling out a window, but plantation shutters can provide a solid, stalwart barrier that protects your child from encountering that danger. What You Can Do For Safe Windows Selecting the right window covering is the most crucial decision you’ll make in boosting window safety in your home, but there are 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. Don’t leave any scalable furniture or other objects near windows that may be hazardous. Ensure that all window treatments are firmly secured to the wall or window frame to prevent accidents. If corded window treatments are unavoidable, have them pulled close to the ceiling and out of reach of any children. Another option is to retrofit your cords, which you can do with this easy guide. Make Your House Safer And Smarter, Colorado Springs If you have questions about the safety of your window treatments, we’re more than happy to help. Call us at 303-625-6431 or fill out the form below to schedule your free consultation, during which we can walk you through all your options so you can have peace of mind in your home.