While it’s nice to have your windows opened this spring for some fresh air, it can be also be dangerous if you have young children at home.
In this post, your local provider of windows and doors, Renewal by Andersen of Milwaukee, discusses how you can safeguard your kids from window-related incidents.
Keep the Windows Shut
Make sure that windows are closed and locked when there are children in the room. Open windows that children can’t reach if you need added ventilation.
Create rules that will keep your kids from playing near windows and patio doors. These rules should be strictly enforced to prevent falling through the glass. You can use colored tape to create a zone under and near windows where children should not go. Teach them that it’s not safe for them to be in those areas.
Install Window Guards and Stops
Your window fall devices should have a release mechanism that can be opened for escape in case of a fire. A window stop prevents a window from fully opening while a window guard entirely covers the window.
There are homes that already have window guards, security bars or grilles on their windows. Keep in mind that if the devices don’t have a release mechanism, the windows can’t be used as an emergency exit during a fire.
Don’t Place Furniture Near the Windows
Your child can climb up on beds, cribs, couches and any furniture near the windows and fall. Young children are also at risk of strangulation from window cords. Make sure that tassel pull cords are kept short and loop cords should be anchored to the floor or wall. It’s best to have cordless window coverings in children’s room and play areas.
Always keep an eye on your children, especially if there are windows in the room. Moreover, you can rely on Renewal by Andersen of Milwaukee when it comes to high-quality windows and entry doors. Call us at (262) 955-8400 or fill out our online form for a free in-home consultation. We work with homeowners in Milwaukee.