Window Treatment Safety for Honolulu Homeowners10/24/2016Darren Wong When shopping for a new window treatment for your Honolulu house, you’re likely considering color schemes, energy efficiency, longevity and more. But another thing to think about is safety. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found specific window coverings to be some of the top hazards to kids in homes across the country, having caused a number of injuries and fatalities among infants and small children. To help families find ways to avoid these incidents, October was chosen to be National Window Covering Safety Month. Whether you’re looking for window treatments for kids’ rooms, or decorating a home in which children could visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters Honolulu can help ensure your home is as safe as it can be. How Could My Windows Be Hazardous? The #1 threat to children when it comes to window treatments in your house is dangling cords. Whether a part of blinds, shades, or a different window treatment, hanging cords have accounted for hundreds of injuries and fatalities to especially young children over the past ten years from asphyxiation. Window Covering Cord Safety If you can, exchange any window covering with cords in your house with cordless replacements. Cordless blinds, shutters, and cordless shades are all fantastic alternatives to corded window coverings, eliminating the most hazardous element of windows for the children in your house. Plantation shutters especially are a perfect choice for kids’ rooms, and not only because they’re not even offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized as a safe pick by window safety and family organizations including Parents for Window Blind Safety. Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes For solid window treatments, specific kinds of stains, finishes, or paints can release fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters release no fumes whatsoever, and are totally safe for every space in your house. Window Falls As every parent knows, children are serious climbers, and the last place you want a child climbing is close to a window. Fabric window treatments do almost nothing to protect a child from tumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can be a firm, sturdy barrier that keeps your child from coming into contact with the window. What You Can Do To Improve Safety Selecting the proper window covering is the most important choice you’ll make in improving home window safety, but there are a few additional small things you can do to help: In kids’ bedrooms, move the bed or crib away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents. Try not to have any furniture that can be easily climbed near windows that may be dangerous. Make sure all window coverings are solidly affixed to the wall or window frame to prevent falling. If corded window treatments are absolutely necessary, make sure they’re pulled as highly as possible, tightly and out of reach of any children. Cords can also be retrofitted for safety–check out how to do it with this easy guide. Let’s Make Your Home Safer And Smarter, Honolulu If you have concerns about window treatment safety, we’re here to help. Call us at 808-797-2004 or fill out the form below to schedule your free consultation, where we can show you all your options to ensure that you have peace of mind in your home.