Window Treatment Safety for Oklahoma City Homeowners10/24/2016Tyler Jorgensen When looking for a new window treatment for your Oklahoma City home, you’re likely considering color schemes, insulation, longevity and more. One item that you might want to keep in mind is safety. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found certain window treatments to be some of the top potential dangers to kids in homes across the country, having caused a number of injuries and fatalities among young children. To help families find ways to avoid these incidents, October has been designated National Window Covering Safety Month. No matter if you’re shopping for window treatments for kids’ bedrooms, or refreshing a space in which kids may visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters Oklahoma City is here to help make sure your home is as safe as it can be. How Can My Windows Be Hazardous? The primary threat to kids in regards to window coverings in your house is dangling cords. Whether a part of blinds, shades, or another window treatment, dangling cords have been involved in a large number of injuries and fatalities to children over the past ten years due to asphyxiation. Window Treatment Cord Safety If you can, exchange any window covering with cords in your house with cordless versions. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all fantastic alternatives to corded window treatments, eliminating the most hazardous part of windows for the kids in your house. Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–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 family and safety organizations, such as Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a top safety pick. Hazardous Window Covering Finishes For solid window treatments, specific kinds of stains, finishes, or paints might release fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters emit no fumes whatsoever, and are 100% safe for any area in your home. Falling Through Windows As every parent knows, kids are natural climbers, and the last place you want a kid climbing is close to a window. Fabric window coverings do practically nothing to keep a child from falling out a window, but plantation shutters can be a solid, stalwart barrier that shields your child from encountering that danger. What You Can Do To Improve Safety Choosing the best window covering is the most important choice you’ll make in enhancing window safety in your home, but there are some more small things you can do as well: In kids’ rooms, move the bed or crib away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents. Try not to have any climbable furniture or other objects near windows that may be hazardous. Double check that all window treatments are tightly affixed to the window frame or wall to prevent falling. If cords are absolutely necessary, make sure they’re pulled as highly as possible, tightly and out of reach of any children. You can also try retrofitting them with this easy guide. Start Designing Safer And Smarter, Oklahoma City If you’ve got concerns about how safe your windows are, we’re more than happy to help. Call us at 405-300-4664 or fill out the form below to set up a free consultation, where we can show you all your options to ensure that you have peace of mind in your home.