At New Windows for America, we care about the safety of you and your family. Unfortunately every year, about 3,300 children below the age of five visit emergency rooms for injuries resulting from window accidents. Falls from window-related injuries are common in hospital emergency rooms. You want your children to be kept safe, which is why we recommend you review window safety tips and keep your windows childproof. There are several ways to protect your child, including keeping an eye on them, but when that is not possible, we have some important tips to share below.
Install Childproof Locks
Keep your windows safe, and keep them locked whenever they are closed. This is not just to secure your home, but also to prevent curious children. This way, an innocent child leaning on a closed window will not get hurt or worse, fall out of a window. If the windows do not have locks, start by installing them. There are several childproof locks available for any type of window you may have in your home. These locks are simple to install. Just remember, whenever the windows are not in use, lock them.
Install Window Guards
Window guards provide extra protection when the window frame does not prevent falls. These guards provide the grill that ensures kids do not fall off even when a window is open. Most of the available guards will install on most types of windows. However, look for guards with an emergency release mechanism in case of an emergency.
Use Cordless Window Coverings and Folding Window Cranks
Window covering cords are a danger to children. Many children die from being strangled by these cords. To prevent that, use cordless window coverings. If you already have corded window blinds, consider temporarily removing them until you find a replacement. Window cranks are also not safe unless they are foldable. Remove the window cranks to ensure that kids do not accidentally open them.
Keep Furniture Away from the Windows
Children love peeking outside the window. As such, if your windows are not childproof, you need to ensure they have no means to climb up and peek through the window. Place furniture and any other means of climbing away from the windows.
Talk to Children About Window Safety
Even with all the features above, you still want to ensure that your kids know about the dangers of falling from a window. This is especially important when you have older kids that might protect the younger ones from falling off windows. Do not assume that window screens will help as these only keep off insects. Talk to your kids from a young age about window safety.
Replace your Old Windows with New, Modern Windows
Some old windows do not have the security features as many new windows have. Old windows could be warped and out of balance and have signs of deterioration causing them to be difficult to open or close. This is especially dangerous if you are not able to use your windows as an emergency exit if the need arises. Modern window replacements also offer better UV protection, keeping your children and family safe from UV rays.
Talk to one of our team members at New Windows for America today about options for replacing the windows you have with newer, safer windows. New Windows for America will show you options and help ensure the safety of your home by installing high-quality and childproof windows right for your home and family.