Hartford Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety10/24/2016Holly Perron When looking for new window treatments for your Hartford house, you’re likely thinking about color schemes, energy efficiency, resilience and more. An additional quality 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 caused a number of injuries and deaths among infants and small children. To increase awareness and help families find ways to make their windows and their homes safer, October is National Window Covering Safety Month.No matter if you’re shopping for window treatments for children’s bedrooms, or redecorating a space in which children will visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Hartford will help ensure your house is as safe as it can be.How Can My Windows Be Dangerous?The number one hazard to children when it comes to window treatments in the home is hanging cords. Whether a part of blinds, shades, or a different window covering, these cords have caused a large number of injuries and deaths to small children over the last decade due to strangulation.Window Covering Cord SafetyIf possible, substitute any window treatment with cords in your house with cordless replacements. Cordless shades, cordless blinds, and shutters are all fantastic substitutes for corded window coverings, eliminating the most hazardous element of windows for the children in your house.Plantation shutters especially are a standout choice for children’s rooms, and not only because they aren’t offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated by multiple family organizations, such as Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a top safety pick.Hazardous Window Covering FinishesFor 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 at all, and are completely safe for any room in your house.Window FallsAsk any parent and they’ll tell you that kids are natural climbers, and the window is the last place you want a kid to climb near. Fabric window treatments do almost nothing to protect a child from stumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can provide a solid, stalwart barrier that shields your child from encountering that danger.What You Can Do For Safe Windows Picking the proper window treatment is the most critical decision you’ll make in enhancing window safety in your home, but there are things you can do as well:In kids’ rooms, make sure the crib or bed is kept away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents.Try not to leave any climbable furniture or other objects near windows that may be hazardous.Ensure that all window treatments are firmly affixed to the window frame or wall to prevent falling.If cords are unavoidable, have them pulled close to the ceiling and out of reach of any children. Retrofitting your cords is also an option with this easy guide.Let’s Make Your Home Safer And Smarter, HartfordIf you’ve got concerns about the safety of your window treatments, we’re glad to help. Give us a call at 860-266-5459 or use the form below to set up your free consultation, where we can show you all your options so you can rest easy in your home.