Window Treatment Safety for Las Vegas Homeowners10/24/2016Darik Neilson If you’re shopping 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 specific window coverings to be among the top five “hidden hazards” in American homes, having caused a number of injuries and fatalities among small children and infants. 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 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 Could My Windows Be Dangerous? The number one danger to kids when it comes to window coverings in the home is dangling cords. Whether a part of shades, blinds, or any other 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 as a safe pick by window safety and family organizations like Parents for Window Blind Safety. Hazardous Window Treatment Finishes For solid window treatments, specific types of paints, stains or finishes may give off fumes that can have adverse effects on young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters emit no fumes whatsoever, 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 last place you want a child climbing is near a window. Fabric window coverings do virtually nothing to keep a child from falling out a window, but plantation shutters can provide a solid, sturdy barrier that shields your child from coming into contact with the window. What You Can Do For Safe Windows Picking the best window treatment is the most crucial 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, make sure the crib or bed is kept 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 affixed 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. You can also try retrofitting them with this easy guide. Let’s Design Safer And Smarter, Las Vegas If you have concerns about how safe your windows are, 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.