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Boston Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety

October 24, 2016

When shopping for new window coverings for your Boston house, you’re probably thinking about colors, insulating properties, resilience and more. One item that you might want to keep in mind is safety.

Child safe plantation shutters in Boston kitchen.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found specific window coverings to be among the top five “hidden hazards” in homes across the country, having been to blame for a number of injuries and fatalities among young 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 looking for window coverings for kids’ rooms, or furnishing a space in which kids will visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters Boston can help make sure your home is as safe as it can be.

How Might My Windows Be Hazardous?

The number one threat to kids when it comes to window coverings in your house is hanging cords. Whether attached to blinds, shades, or any other window treatment, these cords have been the cause of hundreds of injuries and fatalities to children over the last decade from strangulation.

Window Treatment Cord Safety

If possible, replace any window covering with cords in your home with non-corded versions. Shutters, cordless shades and cordless blinds are all great substitutes for corded window coverings, removing the most dangerous element of windows for the kids in your home.

Plantation shutters in particular are a perfect choice for kids’ bedrooms, and not only because they’re not even offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been recognized as a top safety pick by window safety and family groups including Parents for Window Blind Safety.

Top Safety Pick by Parents for Window Blind Safety in Boston

Dangerous Window Treatment Finishes

For solid window treatments, certain kinds of stains, finishes, or paints may give off fumes that may negatively affect young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters give off no fumes at all, and are completely safe for any space in your home.

Falling Through Windows

As every parent knows, kids are natural climbers, and the window is the last place you want your child to climb to. Fabric window coverings do virtually nothing to protect a child from stumbling out a window, but plantation shutters can be a firm, stout barrier that protects your child from encountering that danger.

The Little Things You Can Do For Safe Windows

Boston child's room with blue shades. 

Picking the proper window treatment is the most critical choice you can make in improving window safety in your home, but there are some more small things you can do to help:

  • In kids’ bedrooms, move the bed or crib away from the window. This decreases the chance of any accidents.

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

  • Ensure that all window coverings are solidly secured to the wall or window frame to prevent accidents.

  • If cords are unavoidable, make sure they’re pulled close to the ceiling and out of reach of any children. Cords can also be retrofitted for safety–check out how to do it with this easy guide.

Start Designing Safer And Smarter, Boston

If you’ve got concerns about window treatment safety, we’re here to help. Call us at 781-352-2205 or use the form below to schedule your free consultation, during which we can walk you through all your options so you can rest easy in your home.
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