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Destin Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety

October 24, 2016

If you’re choosing new window treatments for your Destin house, you’re probably considering colors, insulation, longevity and more. One item that you might want to think about is safety.

kid-friendly plantation shutters in Destin kitchen.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found specific window treatments to be among the top five “hidden hazards” in homes across the country, having been to blame for a number of injuries and deaths among young children. To increase awareness and help families find solutions to avoid these incidents, October has been designated National Window Covering Safety Month.

No matter if you’re choosing window treatments for kids’ bedrooms, or furnishing a space in which children may visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Destin will help make sure your house is as safe as it can be.

How Can My Windows Be Dangerous?

The #1 hazard to children when it comes to window coverings in your home is dangling cords. Whether attached to blinds, shades, or another window covering, dangling cords have accounted for a large number of injuries and fatalities to small children over the past ten years from asphyxiation.

Window Treatment Cord Safety

If possible, exchange any window treatment 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 dangerous part of windows for the kids in your house.

Plantation shutters especially are a standout choice for kids’ bedrooms, and not only because they aren’t even offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized by multiple safety groups, such as Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a safe pick.

Top Safety Pick by Parents for Window Blind Safety in Destin

Dangerous Window Covering Finishes

For solid window treatments, some types of paints, stains or finishes may give off fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters give off no fumes at all, and are totally safe for any space in your home.

Window Falls

Almost every parent knows that kids are natural climbers, and the last place you want a child climbing is near a window. Fabric window coverings do practically nothing to protect a child from tumbling out a window, but plantation shutters can provide a solid, sturdy barrier that keeps your child from encountering that danger.

The Little Things You Can Do For Safe Windows

Destin infant's nursery with blue shades. 

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

  • In kids’ bedrooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. The distance helps decrease likelihood of any accidents.

  • Try not to keep any furniture that can be easily scaled near windows that may be hazardous.

  • Ensure that all window treatments are solidly affixed to the window frame or wall to prevent falling.

  • If corded window treatments are absolutely necessary, have them 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.

Start Designing Safer And Smarter, Destin

If you’ve got concerns about the safety of your window treatments, we’re glad to help. Give us a call at 850-203-0419 or use the form below to schedule your free consultation, during which we can show you all your options so you can rest easy in your home.
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