San Jose Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety10/24/2016Curtis Orton When shopping for a new window treatment for your San Jose home, you’re probably considering color schemes, energy efficiency, resilience and more. But another thing to consider is safety. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found select window treatments to be some of the top hazards to children in homes across the country, having caused a number of injuries and even deaths among infants and small children. To increase awareness and help families find solutions to avoid these incidents, October is National Window Covering Safety Month. No matter if you’re shopping for window coverings for kids’ bedrooms, or decorating a space in which children might visit from time to time, Sunburst Shutters San Jose will help ensure your house is as safe as possible. How Could My Windows Be Dangerous? The #1 threat to kids in regards to window coverings in your house is hanging cords. Whether a part of blinds, shades, or a different window treatment, these 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, replace any corded window coverings in your home with non-corded versions. Cordless blinds, shutters, and cordless shades are all fantastic alternatives to corded window coverings, getting rid of the most dangerous component of windows for the children in your home. Plantation shutters especially are a standout choice for kids’ rooms, and not only because they’re not offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized by multiple family and safety organizations, such as Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a safe pick. Hazardous Window Covering Finishes For solid window treatments, certain types of paints, stains or finishes can give off fumes that can have adverse effects on young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters discharge no fumes at all, and are totally safe for every room in your house. Falling Through Windows Almost every parent knows that children are natural climbers, and the last place you want a kid climbing is up to a window. Fabric window coverings do almost nothing to protect a child from falling through a window, but plantation shutters can provide a solid, stout barrier that keeps your child from encountering that danger. The Little Things You Can Do For Safe Windows Picking the right window treatment is the most important choice you’ll make in improving home window safety, but there are a few additional small things you can do to help: 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 keep 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, make sure they’re 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. Design Your Home Safer And Smarter, San Jose If you’ve got questions about window treatment safety, we’re more than happy to help. Give us a call at 916-542-1305 or fill out the form below to schedule your free consultation, during which we can show you all your options to ensure that you have peace of mind in your home.