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Tampa Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety

October 24, 2016

When choosing a new window treatment for your Tampa home, you’re probably considering colors, energy efficiency, resilience and more. One item that you might want to keep in mind is safety.

Kid safe plantation shutters in Tampa kitchen.

Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found specific window treatments to be among the top 5 “hidden hazards” in homes across the country, having been to blame for a number of injuries and deaths among young children. To help families find ways 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’ bedrooms, or decorating a space in which kids might visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Tampa can help make sure your house is as safe as it can be.

How Might My Windows Be Hazardous?

The #1 threat to kids when it comes to window treatments in your house is hanging cords. Whether attached to shades, blinds, or another window treatment, hanging cords have been involved in a large number of injuries and fatalities to especially young children over the last ten years from strangulation.

Window Treatment Cord Safety

If you can, exchange any window covering with cords in your house with non-corded versions. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all fantastic alternatives to corded window treatments, eliminating the most dangerous part of windows for the kids in your house.

Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a standout choice for children’s bedrooms, and not just because they’re not even offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated as a top safety pick by window safety and family groups such as Parents for Window Blind Safety.

Seal of Approval by Parents for Window Blind Safety in Tampa

Hazardous Window Covering Finishes

For solid window treatments, specific varieties of paints, stains or finishes might give off fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters emit no fumes at all, and are completely safe for every area in your home.

Window Falls

As every parent knows, kids are serious climbers, and the window is the last place you want your child to climb near. Fabric window treatments do virtually nothing to protect a child from tumbling out a window, but plantation shutters can provide a firm, sturdy barrier that protects your child from coming into contact with the window.

The Little Things You Can Do To Improve Safety

Tampa infant's nursery with cellular shades. 

Selecting the best window covering is the most crucial choice you’ll make in boosting home window safety, but there are also a few other smaller things you can do as well:

  • In children’s rooms, keep the bed or crib away from the window. The distance helps decrease likelihood of any accidents.

  • Don’t have any scalable furniture or other objects near windows that may be hazardous.

  • Double check that all window treatments are solidly secured to the wall or window frame to prevent falling.

  • If cords are unavoidable, make sure they’re pulled close to the ceiling and out of reach of any children. You can also try retrofitting them with this easy guide.

Let’s Design Safer And Smarter, Tampa

If you have concerns about the safety of your window treatments, we’re here to help. Give us a call at 813-580-7288 or use the form below to schedule a free consultation, where we can show you all your options to ensure that you rest easy in your home.
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