Window Treatment Safety for Philadelphia Homeowners10/24/2016Holly Perron When shopping for new window coverings for your Philadelphia house, you’re likely considering colors, insulation, resilience and more. One item that you might want to think about is safety. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found select window treatments to be among the top 5 “hidden hazards” in American homes, having caused a number of injuries and deaths among infants and small children. To increase awareness and help families find solutions to avoid these incidents, October was chosen to be National Window Covering Safety Month. Whether you’re shopping for window treatments for children’s bedrooms, or furnishing a home in which kids may visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia can help make sure your house is as safe as possible. How Might My Windows Be Hazardous? The #1 threat to children in regards to window treatments in your house is dangling cords. Whether attached to blinds, shades, or another window covering, dangling cords have caused a large number of injuries and deaths to infants and young children over the last ten years from asphyxiation. Window Covering Cord Safety If you can, substitute any corded window treatments in your home with cordless versions. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all great substitutes for corded window coverings, eliminating the most dangerous component of windows for the children in your home. Plantation shutters in particular are a standout choice for children’s bedrooms, and not only because they aren’t even offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated by multiple safety organizations, such as Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a top safety pick. Dangerous Window Covering Finishes For solid window treatments, some kinds of paints, stains or finishes can emit fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters release no fumes from any finish or stain, and are completely safe for any area in your house. Window Falls Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that children are natural climbers, and the last place you want a child climbing is close to a window. Fabric window coverings do virtually nothing to protect a child from tumbling out a window, but plantation shutters can provide a firm, stout barrier that keeps your child from coming into contact with the window. What You Can Do For Safe Windows Picking the proper window treatment is the most important decision you’ll make in improving home window safety, but there are some more small things you can do as well: In children’s bedrooms, 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 hazardous. Double check that all window treatments are firmly affixed to the window frame or wall to prevent falling. If corded window treatments are unavoidable, make sure they’re pulled close to the ceiling and out of reach of any children. Cords can also be retrofitted for safety–check out how to do it with this easy guide. Make Your House Safer And Smarter, Philadelphia If you have questions about the safety of your window treatments, we’re more than happy to help. Call us at 215-874-4897 or use the form below to schedule a free consultation, during which we can walk you through all your options so you can rest easy in your home.