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Sacramento Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety

October 24, 2016

When choosing new window coverings for your Sacramento house, you’re likely considering colors, insulation, resilience and more. An additional quality to consider is safety.

Kid safe plantation shutters in Sacramento kitchen.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found specific window treatments to be some of the top potential dangers to kids in homes across the country, having caused a number of injuries and even deaths among infants and small children. To increase awareness and help families find ways to avoid these incidents, October has been designated National Window Covering Safety Month.

No matter if you’re looking for window treatments for children’s bedrooms, or refreshing a space in which kids will visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters Sacramento can help ensure your house is as safe as possible.

How Might My Windows Be Hazardous?

The #1 hazard to kids when it comes to window treatments in your home is dangling cords. Whether a part of blinds, shades, or any other window covering, dangling cords have accounted for a large number of injuries and deaths to infants and young children over the past ten years from strangulation.

Window Covering Cord Safety

If you can, replace any window covering with cords in your house with cordless replacements. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all fantastic alternatives to corded window coverings, eliminating the most hazardous component of windows for the children in your home.

Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a standout choice for children’s bedrooms, and not only because they aren’t even offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated by multiple safety organizations, including Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a top safety pick.

Safe Pick by Parents for Window Blind Safety in Sacramento

Dangerous Window Covering Finishes

For solid window treatments, certain kinds of finishes, paints or stains can give off fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters release no fumes from any finish or stain, and are totally safe for any area in your house.

Falling Through Windows

As every parent knows, kids are instinctive climbers, and the window is the last place you want your child to climb to. Fabric window treatments do virtually nothing to protect a child from falling through a window, but plantation shutters can provide a solid, stout barrier that shields your child from encountering that danger.

What You Can Do To Improve Safety

Sacramento baby's bedroom with cellular shades. 

Selecting the proper window covering is the most crucial decision you’ll make in enhancing home window safety, but there are a few additional small things you can do to help:

  • In kids’ bedrooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. The distance helps decrease likelihood of any accidents.

  • Try not to leave any climbable furniture or other objects near windows that may be dangerous.

  • Double check that all window coverings are solidly affixed to the wall or window frame to prevent accidents.

  • If cords are absolutely necessary, make sure they’re pulled as highly as possible, tightly and out of reach of any children. Retrofitting your cords is also an option with this easy guide.

Let’s Design Safer And Smarter, Sacramento

If you’ve got questions about the safety of your window treatments, we’re more than happy to help. Give us a call at 916-250-0758 or fill out the form below to schedule your free consultation, where we can walk you through all your options so you can have peace of mind in your home.
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