Window Treatment Safety for Fort Lauderdale Homeowners10/24/2016Danielle Micich If you’re choosing a new window treatment for your Fort Lauderdale home, you’re likely considering colors, insulation, durability and more. But another thing to consider 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 the cause of a number of injuries and deaths among young children. To help families find solutions to make their windows and their homes safer, October has been designated 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 can 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, exchange any window treatment with cords 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 as a top safety pick by window safety and family groups like Parents for Window Blind Safety. Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes For solid window treatments, specific varieties of finishes, paints or stains may give off fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters emit no fumes whatsoever, and are totally safe for any space in your home. Window Falls Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that kids are serious climbers, and the last place you want a kid climbing is up to a window. Fabric window coverings do practically nothing to protect a child from stumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can be a solid, stalwart barrier that protects your child from encountering that danger. What You Can Do For Safe Windows Selecting the best window treatment is the most crucial 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 firmly 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. Retrofitting your cords is also an option 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.