Window Treatment Safety for Detroit Homeowners10/24/2016Steve Hill If you’re looking for a new window treatment for your Detroit home, you’re probably thinking about color schemes, energy efficiency, longevity and more. One item that you might want to think about is safety. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found specific window coverings to be some of the top potential dangers to children 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. No matter if you’re looking for window treatments for kids’ rooms, or refreshing a house in which kids might visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Detroit can help ensure your home is as safe as possible. How Can My Windows Be Hazardous? The #1 danger to kids in regards to window treatments in the home is dangling cords. Whether attached to blinds, shades, or a different window covering, hanging cords have caused hundreds of injuries and deaths to children over the last ten years from asphyxiation. Window Treatment Cord Safety If possible, substitute any window treatment with cords in your house with cordless replacements. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all great alternatives to corded window treatments, eliminating the most hazardous element of windows for the kids in your house. Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a great choice for kids’ rooms, and not only because they aren’t even offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated by multiple family and safety groups, such as Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a top safety pick. Dangerous Window Covering Finishes For solid window treatments, certain varieties of finishes, paints or stains may give off fumes that may negatively affect young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters give off no fumes from any finish or stain, and are 100% safe for every area in your home. Window Falls Almost every parent knows that children are instinctive climbers, and the window is the last place you want your child to climb near. Fabric window treatments do almost nothing to protect a child from falling out a window, but plantation shutters can provide a solid, stout barrier that protects your child from encountering that danger. The Little Things You Can Do For Safe Windows Choosing the proper window covering is the most crucial choice you can make in improving home window safety, but there are some more small things you can do to help: In kids’ bedrooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents. Try not to have any furniture that can be easily scaled near windows that may be dangerous. Double check that all window coverings are solidly affixed to the wall or window frame to prevent falling. If corded window treatments are absolutely necessary, 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. Design Your Home Safer And Smarter, Detroit If you’ve got questions about the safety of your window treatments, we’re here to help. Call us at 248-429-9294 or use the form below to set up your free consultation, during which we can show you all your options to ensure that you rest easy in your home.