Tampa Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety10/24/2016Eric Ramsey When choosing a new window treatment for your Tampa home, you’re probably considering colors, energy efficiency, longevity and more. But another thing to think about is safety. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found select 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 fatalities 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 house in which kids will 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 any other window treatment, hanging cords have accounted for a large number of injuries and fatalities to infants and young children over the last ten years due to strangulation. Window Treatment Cord Safety If you can, substitute 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 perfect choice for children’s bedrooms, and not just because they’re not even offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized by multiple family and safety organizations, including Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a top safety pick. Hazardous Window Covering Finishes For solid window treatments, specific varieties of paints, stains or finishes might release fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters release no fumes at all, and are completely safe for every area in your home. Window Falls As every parent knows, kids are natural 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 falling out a window, but plantation shutters can provide a firm, stalwart barrier that shields your child from coming into contact with the window. The Little Things You Can Do To Improve Safety 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 bedrooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. The distance helps decrease likelihood of any accidents. Don’t keep any scalable furniture or other objects near windows that may be hazardous. Make sure 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. Retrofitting your cords is also an option with this easy guide. Start Designing Safer And Smarter, Tampa If you have concerns about the safety of your window treatments, we’re glad 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.