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Window Treatment Safety for Fort Myers Homeowners

October 24, 2016

If you’re looking for new window coverings for your Fort Myers home, you’re probably thinking about color schemes, insulation, longevity and more. An additional quality to keep in mind is safety.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found select window coverings to be some of the top hazards to children in American homes, having been the cause of a number of injuries and even deaths among infants and small children. To help families find ways to increase safety around the home, October has been designated National Window Covering Safety Month.

Whether you’re shopping for window coverings for children’s bedrooms, or refreshing a space in which kids may visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers can help ensure your house is as safe as it can be.

How Could My Windows Be Hazardous?

The number one threat to children when it comes to window coverings in your home is dangling cords. Whether attached to shades, blinds, or any other window covering, hanging cords have been the cause of a large number of injuries and deaths to especially young children over the past decade due to strangulation.

Window Treatment Cord Safety

If you can, exchange any window treatment with cords in your house with non-corded versions. Cordless shades, cordless blinds, and shutters are all fantastic alternatives to corded window coverings, getting rid of the most hazardous element of windows for the children in your house.

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

Safe Pick by Parents for Window Blind Safety in Fort Myers

Hazardous Window Covering Finishes

For solid window treatments, some types of stains, finishes, or paints may emit fumes that can be hazardous to young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters discharge no fumes from any finish or stain, and are totally safe for every area in your house.

Window Falls

Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that children are natural climbers, and the window is the last place you want a kid to climb to. Fabric window coverings do practically nothing to protect a child from stumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can be a solid, sturdy barrier that keeps your child from encountering that danger.

What You Can Do For Safe Windows

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Selecting the proper window covering is the most important decision you can make in enhancing home window safety, but there are things you can do to help:

  • In children’s bedrooms, keep the bed or crib away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents.

  • Don’t leave any furniture that can be easily climbed near windows that may be dangerous.

  • Double check that all window coverings are solidly secured to the wall or window frame to prevent falling.

  • If cords are absolutely necessary, make sure they’re pulled close to the ceiling and out of reach of any children. Another option is to retrofit your cords, which you can do with this easy guide.

Let’s Make Your Home Safer And Smarter, Fort Myers

If you’ve got concerns about how safe your windows are, we’re here to help. Give us a call at 239-208-6577 or fill out the form below to schedule a free consultation, where we can walk you through all your options to ensure that you have peace of mind in your home.
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