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New York City Homeowners & Window Treatment Safety

October 24, 2016

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

Childproof plantation shutters in New York City kitchen.

Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 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 space 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 threat to kids in regards to window coverings in your home is dangling cords. Whether attached to shades, blinds, or a different window treatment, hanging cords have accounted for hundreds of injuries and deaths to infants and young children over the past 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 blinds, shutters, and cordless shades 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 in particular 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, specific 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 totally safe for any area in your home.

Window Falls

Almost every parent knows that kids are serious climbers, and the last place you want a kid climbing is up to a window. 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 honeycomb shades. 

Selecting the best window covering is the most crucial decision you’ll make in boosting window safety in your home, but there are 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 have any climbable furniture or other objects near windows that may be dangerous.

  • Make sure all window coverings are firmly affixed to the wall or window frame 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. You can also try retrofitting them 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.