Window Treatment Safety for Austin Homeowners10/24/2016Tyler Jorgensen When looking for new window coverings for your Austin home, you’re probably thinking about colors, insulating properties, resilience and more. One item that you might want to consider is safety. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found specific window coverings to be among the top 5 “hidden hazards” in homes across the country, having caused a number of injuries and fatalities among infants and small children. 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 bedrooms, or redecorating a house in which kids could visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Austin can help ensure your house is as safe as it can be. How Might My Windows Be Dangerous? The primary hazard to kids in regards to window treatments in the home is dangling cords. Whether a part of blinds, shades, or any other window covering, these cords have been involved in hundreds of injuries and deaths to small children over the last decade from asphyxiation. Window Treatment Cord Safety If you can, replace any corded window coverings in your home with non-corded replacements. Cordless blinds, shutters, and cordless shades are all fantastic alternatives to corded window coverings, removing the most hazardous component of windows for the kids in your house. Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a standout choice for kids’ bedrooms, and not just because they aren’t offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated as a safe pick by window safety and family organizations including Parents for Window Blind Safety. Dangerous Window Covering Finishes For solid window treatments, some kinds of stains, finishes, or paints may release fumes that may negatively affect young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters discharge no fumes from any finish or stain, and are totally safe for every space in your house. Falling Through Windows Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that kids are serious climbers, and the last place you want a kid climbing is close to a window. Fabric window treatments do almost nothing to keep a child from tumbling out 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 Selecting the proper window treatment is the most critical decision you’ll make in boosting window safety in your home, 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. Don’t have any furniture that can be easily scaled near windows that may be hazardous. Double check that all window treatments are solidly secured to the window frame or wall to prevent accidents. If cords are unavoidable, make sure they’re pulled as highly as possible, tightly and out of reach of any children. Another option is to retrofit your cords, which you can do with this easy guide. Let’s Design Safer And Smarter, Austin If you have questions about how safe your windows are, we’re more than happy to help. Call us at 512-549-6077 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.