Window Treatment Safety for Atlanta Homeowners10/24/2016Dan Taylor When shopping for new window treatments for your Atlanta house, you’re probably thinking about color schemes, insulation, longevity and more. One item that you might want to consider is safety. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found select window coverings to be among the top five “hidden hazards” in American homes, having caused a number of injuries and even deaths among young 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 children’s bedrooms, or refreshing a space in which kids may visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters Atlanta is here to help ensure your home is as safe as possible. How Could My Windows Be Hazardous? The #1 hazard to kids in regards to window coverings in your house is dangling cords. Whether a part of shades, blinds, or a different window covering, these cords have been the cause of hundreds of injuries and deaths to infants and young children over the past ten years from strangulation. Window Covering Cord Safety If possible, replace any corded window treatments in your home with cordless replacements. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all great alternatives to corded window treatments, getting rid of the most dangerous component of windows for the children in your home. Plantation shutters especially are a perfect choice for children’s rooms, and not just because they aren’t even offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated as a top safety pick by window safety and family organizations including Parents for Window Blind Safety. Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes For solid window treatments, some kinds of paints, stains or finishes can release fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters discharge no fumes from any finish or stain, and are totally safe for every room in your house. Window Falls As every parent knows, kids are instinctive climbers, and the window is the last place you want your child to climb near. Fabric window treatments do almost nothing to keep a child from falling 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 treatment is the most important choice you can make in boosting home window safety, but there are some more small things you can do to help: In kids’ rooms, move 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 climbed near windows that may be dangerous. Make sure all window treatments are firmly affixed to the window frame or wall to prevent falling. If corded window treatments are absolutely necessary, 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. Make Your House Safer And Smarter, Atlanta If you’ve got questions about the safety of your window treatments, we’re more than happy to help. Call us at 404-962-8517 or use the form below to schedule a free consultation, where we can show you all your options so you can have peace of mind in your home.