If you’re looking for a new window covering for your Las Vegas house, you’re probably thinking about colors, insulating properties, durability and more. An additional quality to consider is safety.
Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found select window coverings to be some of the top potential dangers to children in American homes, having been the cause of a number of injuries and deaths among infants and small children. To help families find ways to increase safety around the home, October was chosen to be National Window Covering Safety Month.
Whether you’re shopping for window coverings for kids’ bedrooms, or refreshing a home in which kids may visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas is here to help make sure your home is as safe as possible.
How Might My Windows Be Dangerous?
The #1 threat to kids when it comes to window coverings in your house is dangling cords. Whether a part of shades, blinds, or another window covering, these cords have been the cause of a large number of injuries and fatalities to children over the past decade due to asphyxiation.
Window Covering Cord Safety
If you can, replace any window treatment with cords in your house with non-corded versions. Cordless shades, cordless blinds, and shutters are all great alternatives to corded window treatments, eliminating the most hazardous part of windows for the kids in your home.
Plantation shutters–more than any other window treatment–are a great choice for kids’ rooms, and not only because they aren’t offered with cord options. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated by multiple safety organizations, including Parents for Window Blind Safety, as a top safety pick.
Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes
For solid window treatments, some types of paints, stains or finishes may give off fumes that can have adverse effects on young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters release no fumes at all, and are completely safe for every area in your house.
Falling Through Windows
Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that children are instinctive climbers, and the window is the last place you want a kid to climb to. Fabric window coverings do virtually nothing to keep a child from tumbling out a window, but plantation shutters can provide a solid, sturdy barrier that protects your child from coming into contact with the window.
What You Can Do For Safe Windows
Picking the best window treatment is the most critical choice you can make in improving home window safety, but there are a few additional small things you can do to help:
In children’s rooms, keep the bed or crib away from the window. The distance helps decrease likelihood of any accidents.
Try not to keep any furniture that can be easily scaled near windows that may be dangerous.
Make sure all window coverings are solidly attached to the wall or window frame to prevent accidents.
If corded window treatments are absolutely necessary, make sure they’re pulled as highly as possible, tightly and out of reach of any children. Retrofitting your cords is also an option with this easy guide.
Start Designing Safer And Smarter, Las Vegas
If you have concerns about window treatment safety, we’re glad to help. Give us a call at 702-850-6619
or use the form below to schedule your free consultation, where we can walk you through all your options to ensure that you rest easy in your home.