New York City Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety

Dennis Rooney

If you’re shopping for a new window covering for your New York City house, you’re probably thinking about color schemes, insulating properties, resilience and more. One item that you might want to keep in mind is safety.

Childproof plantation shutters in New York City kitchen.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently found certain window coverings to be some of the top potential dangers to kids in homes across the country, having caused a number of injuries and even deaths among infants and small children. To increase awareness and help families find solutions to avoid these incidents, October has been designated National Window Covering Safety Month.

No matter if you’re shopping for window treatments for children’s rooms, or redecorating a house in which kids will visit occasionally, Sunburst Shutters New York can help ensure your house is as safe as it can be.

How Can My Windows Be Hazardous?

The primary danger to kids in regards to window coverings in your home is dangling cords. Whether attached to shades, blinds, or a different window treatment, dangling cords have accounted for hundreds of injuries and deaths to infants and young children over the last ten years due to asphyxiation.

Window Covering Cord Safety

If you can, exchange any window treatment with cords in your home with non-corded versions. Cordless shades, cordless blinds, and shutters are all great alternatives to corded window treatments, getting rid of the most dangerous aspect of windows for the kids in your house.

Plantation shutters especially are a great choice for kids’ rooms, and not only because they’re not even offered with cords. Sunburst plantation shutters have been designated 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 New York City

Hazardous Window Covering Finishes

For solid window treatments, some types of paints, stains or finishes may emit fumes that may negatively affect young children. Polywood® and Ovation® plantation shutters release no fumes at all, and are 100% safe for any area in your home.

Window Falls

As every parent knows, kids are serious climbers, and the window is the last place you want your child to climb near. Fabric window treatments do virtually nothing to protect a child from tumbling through a window, but plantation shutters can be a solid, stout barrier that keeps your child from encountering that danger.

What You Can Do For Safe Windows

New York City baby's nursery with blue shades. 

Selecting the proper window covering is the most critical decision you can make in improving window safety in your home, but there are some more small things you can do as well:

  • In kids’ rooms, move the bed or crib away from the window. The distance helps decrease likelihood of any accidents.

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

  • Make sure all window coverings are firmly affixed to the window frame or wall to prevent accidents.

  • If cords are absolutely necessary, make sure they’re pulled taut so they’re higher up, out of reach of any children. Retrofitting your cords is also an option with this easy guide.

Let’s Design Safer And Smarter, New York City

If you have questions about the safety of your window treatments, we’re glad to help. Give us a call at 631-246-3930 or fill out the form below to set up a free consultation, during which we can show you all your options to ensure that you have peace of mind in your home.