Window Safety for Children
Did you know windows rank among the top five hidden hazards in the home, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission? This statistic is a little less surprising when you consider the exploratory nature of children and how that can lead to injury around windows, such as accidental falls. If you or someone you know has young children at home, consider these window safety tips:
Keep Windows Closed When Not in Use
When windows are not being used for ventilation, they should remain closed and locked. But remember, children are inherently inquisitive, so it’s not unusual for them to fiddle with locks. Because of this, it’s worth investing in window stops or releasable window guards as an extra safety measure.
Use Windows That Are Out of the Reach of Children
If you are a parent, you are likely well aware of how adventurous children can be at home. Opening windows that can be easily accessed by children is a recipe for injury. When you’re looking to let some fresh air into your home, it’s best to use windows that are positioned high on walls that children have no chance of reaching. Additionally, windows shouldn’t be opened more than a few inches so that a child cannot fit through the opening.
Keep Furniture Away From Windows
Children are expert climbers, especially when it comes to scaling furniture. If your couch or coffee table is in close proximity to an open window, the child or children in your home may be able to use that piece of furniture to gain access. To avoid this, make sure your furniture is positioned toward the center of rooms or against walls with no windows.
Don’t Rely on Window Screens
Although your window screens serve as a barrier between your living space and the outside world, they aren’t built to keep your child in your home. In fact, window screens are configured to separate from the window, providing those inside a home an escape path in case of a fire. So, if window screens are in fact designed to give with little force, they certainly cannot support the weight of a child.
Supervise, Supervise, Supervise!
If you have children in your home, one thing is for certain: They are going to play. And because most children lack awareness, it’s up to parents to supervise playtime and make sure the recreation doesn’t carry on near windows, or patio doors for that matter.
Damaged Windows Can Pose a Threat to Children
If your house windows are cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged, they may pose a danger to your children. It’s best to have them replaced by a reputable window company that carries durable products. For homeowners living in Green Bay and the surrounding areas, RBA of Greater Wisconsin is the company to call. As the area’s exclusive provider of Renewal by Andersen® products, we install windows that are built to withstand the Wisconsin elements and keep your family safe from whatever Mother Nature may have in store. To learn more about our products and services, reach out to our team to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.