Installing durable, high-quality windows is certainly imperative when it comes to long-term functionality and energy efficiency. However, a window on its own isn’t always the safest it can be. There are accessories you can use to augment the security of your windows, as well as safety tips to ensure everyone in the family knows the dangers associated with windows when care is not taken.
Eight children under the age of five die each year from falling out a window, and more than 3,300 are seriously injured, according to the National Safety Council. Heed these suggestions to protect your children:
- Always keep an eye on children when in your care and keep their play areas away from windows.
- Keep windows closed and locked, especially when you go out.
- Ensure kids can’t reach windows if they are open, and make sure there is nothing below the window they can climb on to gain access.
- If you need ventilation on an upper floor and have a double-hung window, open the top sash only.
- Supervise children when around screen doors. While great for keeping insects out, screens are no match for curious toddlers.
- Do not place furniture directly under windows.
- Don’t allow children to jump or play on beds or other furniture, particularly near a window.
- Install ASTM-approved limited-opening hardware, which allows you to crack a window open only a few inches.
- Keep cribs and toddler beds away from windows, especially if they have window cords. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says one child per month dies from window cord strangulation.
- Check window coverings for exposed or dangling cords. Use only cordless window coverings or ones with inaccessible, non-loop cords.
With the CPSC ranking windows as one of the top five hidden hazards in a home, you can never be too diligent with window safety, especially if you have young children.
Taking Security Measures
According to SafeWise, nearly 30 percent of burglars enter homes through an open or unlocked window. This should be your first task: be sure to always close and lock windows when you will be leaving the home and when you retire for the night.
Household property crime is no joke. With nearly 1.6 million burglaries in this country in 2015 alone, it’s important to take measures beyond simply using the locks that came with your windows. You may want to look into installing secondary aftermarket double safety window locks to protect your home against intrusions.
To keep thieves from getting into your home, start with outfitting your windows with the proper security devices, such as:
- Window sensor alarms
- Glass-break sensors
- Whole-house security systems
- Blocking devices that discourage access from the outside, such as wooden dowels and steel locking pins
- Safety clips
Don’t assume that the upper floors of your home are immune to break-ins. Burglars are enticed by ladders, patio furniture, trash cans, grills, trees and kids’ playhouses that are located close to homes, as they use them to gain entry to second story windows. Take a look around your yard and think like a burglar would, ensuring those items aren’t located too close to your house.
Here at Rescom Exteriors, we put your safety first. That’s why we trust the quality and security of Bristol windows, installed by certified, experienced technicians. To learn more about how we keep you safe, call Rescom today at 508-832-5202.