What You Need To Know Shutter Safety
There are many reasons why shutters are the safest window treatment on the market today. Many consumers who shop for window treatments are concerned with safety factors for their children and pets. Manufacturers understand the need for us to have safer environments in family homes and have manufactured safety features that are built into today’s window shutters. Both children and pets are inherently curious, wanting to touch and taste just about everything they can get their hands on. The safer their environment, the less likely they’re get hurt, so remember shutter options if you’re considering a window treatment for your home.
Shutters Are Safe for Children and Pets
Your window’s shutters open to the side on hinges and don’t include strings or cords that can get tied up or come loose, which makes them safer for both children and for pets. There are many cases reported every year for the hazards of strangulation by cords or strings around the home including on some window treatment types. But shutters don’t operate via cords, which makes them a safer options for homes with children. Pet’s also tend to love to play with the cords on furnishings or other window treatments, so if you have pets, the shutter is also the best window treatment option for your windows. Shutters can be latched closed or latched open so they won’t move unless an adult is operating them.
There are many other features about faux shutters that make them safe for your home environment including:
- Fire Retardant Materials
- Anti-Microbial Shutters
- VOC-Free Shutters (no harmful vapors)
Fire Retardant Features In Shutters
Many of the shutter styles you can get today are manufactured with safety in mind being made of materials that are fire retardant. Fire retardant shutters made of faux wood or fire retardant vinyl are commonly available in today’s window treatment market. Strong and durable, these materials are often composites which can be made with varying materials that are integrated together during manufacturing.
Harmful vapors come from many building materials and shutter manufacturers have taken note. Consumers concerned about shutter safety will be glad to know that today’s faux shutters offer VOC free materials that won’t turn into harmful vapors that accumulate in your home’s indoor air environment.
Motorized Operating Shutters
A convenient, modern option for today’s shutters is motorization. Unlike blinds, motorized shutters don’t operate with cords or swinging action but move up and down on side tracks. Innovative lifting systems have been designed with safety in mind at all turns. Shutter motorization can be fitted to many existing shutters and window types today, and are great solutions not only for safety but also convenience. Today’s motorization equipment is “smart”, allowing you to control the shutters whether you’re home or not via your cellphone, tablet or PC over the internet, or a remote control device if you’re at home.
Anti-microbial properties make today’s faux shutters resistant to bacteria, mold, mildew, algae, and other harmful organic substances. That means your shutters won’t add to germ spreading in your household.
Shutters Offer Safe Operation
Your window’s shutters open to the side on hinges and don’t include strings or pieces that can get tied up or come loose, which makes them safer for children and pets. As mentioned, if fitted with motorization, you have even more safe operation involved so little fingers don’t get hurt. Shutters can be latched closed or latched open so they won’t move unless an adult is operating them.
All in all, today’s shutter manufacturers know that shutter safety is always on our minds here in American homes. We value products that are safe for our children and pets, grandchildren or visiting child neighbors and friends. If you’re looking for window treatment options that are the safest, the shutter is the way to go.