When shopping for a new window treatment for your Honolulu house, you’re likely considering color schemes, energy efficiency, longevity and more. One item that you might want to think about is safety.
Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found select window coverings to be some of the top hazards to kids in homes across the country, having been the cause of a number of injuries and fatalities among small children and infants. To increase awareness and help families find ways to avoid these incidents, October was chosen to be National Window Covering Safety Month.
Whether you’re shopping for window treatments for kids’ rooms, or furnishing a home in which children could visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters Honolulu can help ensure your home is as safe as it can be.
How Might My Windows Be Hazardous?
The #1 danger 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, dangling cords have been involved in hundreds of injuries and fatalities to infants and young children over the past ten years from asphyxiation.
Window Covering Cord Safety
If you can, substitute any window covering with cords in your house with cordless replacements. Cordless shades, cordless blinds, and shutters are all fantastic alternatives to corded window treatments, eliminating the most hazardous aspect of windows for the children in your house.
Plantation shutters especially are a perfect choice for kids’ rooms, and not only because they aren’t even offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized by multiple family organizations, including Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a safe pick.
Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes
For solid window treatments, some types of finishes, paints or stains might give off fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters emit no fumes whatsoever, and are totally safe for every room in your house.
As every parent knows, children are natural climbers, and the last place you want a child climbing is close to a window. Fabric window treatments do practically nothing to protect a child from falling through a window, but plantation shutters can be a firm, stalwart barrier that keeps your child from coming into contact with the window.
What You Can Do To Improve Safety
Picking 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 keep 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 taut so they’re higher up, 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 how safe your windows are, we’re glad 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.