If you have kids, you know they can get into everything. Nothing is off-limits to these curious creatures, who seem to innocently seek out danger at every turn, especially at the toddler stage. You may have been diligent about child proofing your cabinets, drawers, kitchens and bathrooms, but what about the windows?
According to the National Safety Council, approximately eight children under the age of five die each year from falling out a window, and more than 3,300 are seriously injured. Whether involving screened windows or faulty windows, it’s important as parents to check these areas of the home for safety. It could mean the difference between life and death. Here are some tips.
- Childproof Window Locks: Make sure all windows in the home are locked when closed and not in use, using the standard locks that come with your windows. For extra protection, you can invest in some childproof window locks designed for any type of window you may have, such as sliding or double hung.
- Childproof Window Guards: Install window guards, which are grill-like protectors that are designed to work with any window type.
- Childproof Window Screens: While window screens alone won’t keep your child from falling through, you can invest in special window guards to add another layer of protection. But even then, no screen is truly fall-proof, so use caution with screens of any kind.
- Childproof Window Blinds: Sadly, accidental strangulation happens all too often with babies and toddlers who get tangled up in the cords. Replace your old window blinds with cordless shades.
- Childproof Window Stops: These products allow you to have control over the opening size of your windows. Many attach with a suction cup to the window, which, when placed strategically, can prevent the window from opening too far. They’re easy to install with no tools necessary, working on all types of windows from double hung to sliding. Bonus: you can also use them on mirrored closets and sliding shower doors.
Other Helpful Tips
When they’re old enough to understand, speak with your child about why windows and heights can be dangerous. Instruct them never to play with the windows or the blinds. If you have crank windows, remove the crank device so kids can’t open them. Keep furniture away from windows so curious toddlers don’t climb up and fall out. Never leave young children unattended.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
After assessing your home’s windows, do you realize you need to invest in safer models? We can help. Contact Rescom today at 508-832-5202.