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Window Treatment Safety for Fort Lauderdale Homeowners

October 24, 2016

If you’re choosing a new window treatment for your Fort Lauderdale home, you’re likely considering colors, insulation, durability and more. One item that you might want to consider is safety.

kid-friendly plantation shutters in Fort Lauderdale kitchen.

Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found select window coverings to be some of the top potential dangers to children in homes across the country, having caused a number of injuries and deaths among young children. To 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 redecorating a house in which kids may visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale will help ensure your home is as safe as it can be.

How Might My Windows Be Dangerous?

The #1 hazard to children in regards to window treatments in your house is dangling cords. Whether a part of shades, blinds, or any other window treatment, hanging cords have been the cause of hundreds of injuries and deaths to small children over the last decade due to asphyxiation.

Window Covering Cord Safety

If you can, substitute any corded window treatments in your house with non-corded versions. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all great alternatives to corded window treatments, eliminating the most hazardous aspect of windows for the children in your home.

Plantation shutters especially are a great choice for kids’ bedrooms, and not just because they aren’t even offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated by multiple family organizations, such as Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a safe pick.

Top Safety Pick by Parents for Window Blind Safety in Fort Lauderdale

Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes

For solid window treatments, some varieties of finishes, paints or stains may release fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters emit no fumes whatsoever, and are 100% safe for any room in your home.

Window Falls

Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that kids are natural climbers, and the window is the last place you want a kid to climb to. Fabric window coverings do practically nothing to protect a child from stumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can be a solid, sturdy barrier that protects your child from encountering that danger.

What You Can Do For Safe Windows

Fort Lauderdale baby's room with blue shades. 

Selecting the best window treatment is the most critical choice you can make in improving window safety in your home, but there are also a few other smaller things you can do as well:

  • In children’s bedrooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents.

  • Don’t leave any climbable furniture or other objects near windows that may be hazardous.

  • Double check that all window treatments are tightly secured to the window frame or wall to prevent accidents.

  • If cords are absolutely necessary, make sure they’re pulled close to the ceiling and out of reach of any children. You can also try retrofitting them with this easy guide.

Let’s Make Your Home Safer And Smarter, Fort Lauderdale

If you have questions about the safety of your window treatments, we’re more than happy to help. Give us a call at 561-440-8535 or use the form below to set up your free consultation, where we can show you all your options so you can have peace of mind in your home.
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