Window Treatment Safety for Nashville Homeowners10/24/2016Stefano Diotaiuti If you’re choosing a new window covering for your Nashville home, you’re likely thinking about color schemes, insulating properties, longevity and more. An additional quality to consider is safety. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found specific window treatments to be among the top five “hidden hazards” in American homes, having been the cause of a number of injuries and deaths among small children and infants. To increase awareness and help families find solutions to make their windows and their homes safer, October is National Window Covering Safety Month. No matter if you’re choosing window coverings for kids’ rooms, or refreshing a house in which children will visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters Nashville will help make sure your house is as safe as it can be. How Can My Windows Be Hazardous? The number one threat to children when it comes to window treatments in your house is dangling cords. Whether attached to blinds, shades, or a different window covering, dangling cords have been the cause of a large number of injuries and fatalities to especially young 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 great substitutes for corded window treatments, getting rid of the most hazardous aspect of windows for the kids in your home. Plantation shutters in particular are a great choice for kids’ rooms, and not only because they aren’t even offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated as a top safety pick by window safety and family organizations such as Parents for Window Blind Safety. Hazardous Window Covering Finishes For solid window treatments, some kinds of paints, stains or finishes might give off fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters release no fumes whatsoever, and are completely safe for any area in your home. Window Falls As every parent knows, kids are natural climbers, and the window is the last place you want a kid to climb near. Fabric window coverings do almost nothing to keep a child from falling out a window, but plantation shutters can be a firm, stout barrier that shields your child from coming into contact with the window. What You Can Do To Improve Safety Picking the proper window treatment is the most critical choice you can make in boosting home window safety, but there are a few additional small things you can do to help: In kids’ rooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. The distance helps decrease likelihood of any accidents. Try not to have any scalable furniture or other objects near windows that may be hazardous. Make sure all window treatments are tightly affixed to the window frame or wall to prevent accidents. If cords are unavoidable, have them pulled as highly as possible, tightly and out of reach of any children. An additional way to keep cords out of reach is to retrofit them with this easy guide. Design Your Home Safer And Smarter, Nashville If you’ve got concerns about window treatment safety, we’re here to help. Give us a call at 615-236-8530 or fill out the form below to schedule your free consultation, where we can walk you through all your options to ensure that you rest easy in your home.