Charlotte Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety10/24/2016Neil Blackwelder If you’re looking for a new window treatment for your Charlotte house, you’re probably thinking about color schemes, insulation, longevity and more. An additional quality to keep in mind is safety. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found specific window coverings to be among the top five “hidden hazards” in American homes, having been the cause of a number of injuries and even deaths among infants and small children. To help families find solutions to make their windows and their homes safer, 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 could visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters Charlotte can help ensure your home is as safe as it can be. How Can My Windows Be Hazardous? The number one danger to kids when it comes to window coverings in your home is dangling cords. Whether attached to shades, blinds, or another window treatment, hanging cords have been the cause of hundreds of injuries and fatalities to small children over the last ten years from asphyxiation. Window Treatment Cord Safety If you can, substitute any window covering with cords in your home with non-corded versions. Cordless blinds, shutters, and cordless shades are all great substitutes for corded window coverings, getting rid of the most dangerous component of windows for the kids in your house. Plantation shutters especially are a perfect choice for children’s bedrooms, and not just because they’re not even offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated by multiple safety groups, such as Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a safe pick. Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes For solid window treatments, some kinds of finishes, paints or stains might give off fumes that can have adverse effects on young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters give off no fumes from any finish or stain, and are totally safe for any area in your house. Window Falls Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that kids are natural climbers, and the window is the last place you want your child to climb near. Fabric window coverings do virtually nothing to keep a child from tumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can provide a firm, stalwart barrier that keeps your child from encountering that danger. What You Can Do For Safe Windows Selecting the right window treatment is the most crucial choice you’ll make in enhancing home window safety, but there are things you can do as well: In children’s rooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents. Don’t leave any furniture that can be easily scaled near windows that may be hazardous. Make sure all window treatments are firmly attached to the wall or window frame to prevent falling. If cords are absolutely necessary, make sure they’re pulled taut so they’re higher up, out of reach of any children. You can also try retrofitting them with this easy guide. Start Designing Safer And Smarter, Charlotte If you have questions about how safe your windows are, we’re more than happy to help. Call us at 980-292-3933 or use the form below to schedule your free consultation, during which we can show you all your options to ensure that you have peace of mind in your home.