Window Treatment Safety for Fort Myers Homeowners10/24/2016Charlie Cole and Brady Parker If you’re looking for new window treatments for your Fort Myers home, you’re probably thinking about color schemes, insulation, resilience and more. An additional quality to keep in mind is safety. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found specific window coverings to be among the top 5 “hidden hazards” in American homes, having caused a number of injuries and even deaths among infants and small children. To help families find ways to make their windows and their homes safer, October was chosen to be National Window Covering Safety Month. Whether you’re looking for window coverings for children’s bedrooms, or refreshing a house in which kids may visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers can help ensure your house is as safe as it can be. How Might My Windows Be Hazardous? The #1 danger to children when it comes to window coverings in your home is dangling cords. Whether attached to shades, blinds, or another window covering, dangling 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 blinds, shutters, and cordless shades are all fantastic alternatives to corded window coverings, removing the most hazardous aspect of windows for the children in your house. Plantation shutters especially are a standout 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. Hazardous Window Covering Finishes For solid window treatments, some kinds 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 last place you want a child climbing is close to a window. Fabric window coverings do almost 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 Selecting the proper window covering is the most important decision you can make in boosting 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.