New Brunswick Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety10/24/2016Mike Horn When shopping for new window treatments for your New Brunswick home, you’re likely thinking about color schemes, insulating properties, longevity and more. One item that you might want to consider is safety. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found select window coverings to be among the top five “hidden hazards” in American homes, having caused a number of injuries and deaths among young children. To help families find ways to avoid these incidents, October was chosen to be National Window Covering Safety Month. No matter if you’re shopping for window treatments for kids’ rooms, or refreshing a space in which children might visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick can help make sure your house is as safe as it can be. How Could My Windows Be Dangerous? The #1 danger to children in regards to window treatments in your house is hanging cords. Whether attached to shades, blinds, or any other window covering, dangling cords have accounted for a large number of injuries and fatalities to small children over the past decade from asphyxiation. Window Covering Cord Safety If possible, substitute any corded window coverings in your house with cordless versions. Cordless shades, cordless blinds, and shutters are all fantastic alternatives to corded window coverings, eliminating the most hazardous aspect of windows for the children in your home. Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a standout choice for kids’ rooms, and not only because they’re not even offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated as a safe pick by window safety and family organizations like Parents for Window Blind Safety. Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes For solid window treatments, some varieties of stains, finishes, or paints might release fumes that can have adverse effects on young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters discharge no fumes from any finish or stain, and are 100% safe for every area in your house. Falling Through Windows As every parent knows, kids are instinctive climbers, and the last place you want a kid climbing is up to a window. Fabric window coverings do virtually nothing to protect a child from falling out a window, but plantation shutters can be a solid, stout barrier that keeps your child from encountering that danger. The Little Things You Can Do For Safe Windows Selecting the best window covering is the most critical choice you can make in boosting home window safety, but there are a few additional small things you can do as well: In kids’ rooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents. Try not to keep any furniture that can be easily scaled near windows that may be hazardous. Ensure that all window treatments are solidly affixed to the wall or window frame to prevent falling. If cords are unavoidable, make sure they’re pulled close to the ceiling and out of reach of any children. Another option is to retrofit your cords, which you can do with this easy guide. Let’s Design Safer And Smarter, New Brunswick If you’ve got questions about how safe your windows are, we’re glad to help. Give us a call at 732-301-6168 or fill out the form below to set up a free consultation, during which we can show you all your options to ensure that you have peace of mind in your home.