October is National Window Coverings Safety Month. As suggested in the title, this pertains specifically to window coverings. However, we figure this is also an ideal moment to discuss general window safety practices for households with children.
Why Window Safety Matters
An average of eight children under 5-years of age die each year from falling out a window. This is the finding according to a 2015 report from the non-profit organization Safe Kids Worldwide.
In response to these preventable tragedies, safety advocates formed the Window Safety Task Force to educate parents about window safety. The organization came up with these suggestions to keep a child within safe distance of a window:
- Keep your child’s bed and play area away from the wall with the window
- Close and lock windows in rooms where children are present
- If you have a double-hung window, just keep the upper sash open for ventilation and the lower sash shut.
- Keep furniture away from windows to prevent a child from climbing to reach the window.
You also have to be careful of the blinds and curtains. The cords present a safety hazard in that they can wrap around a child’s neck. Aim for cord-free alternatives, such as control wands.
Upgrade the Windows
Older windows may not have the appropriate locking mechanisms to prevent children from tampering with the window. Our window options include single sliders, single-hung, double-hung, and casement windows, just to list a few. Exteriors Unlimited can modify these options to prevent a curious child from opening them. We can also install mesh screens as a protective barrier. Be careful, though, that your child doesn’t pound on the mesh and tear it from the frame.
We Install Child-Proof Windows
Fall is a popular season for exterior remodeling. Popular renovations include siding and shutter upgrades. See our gallery for some of our handywork. Child safety in the home starts with window safety.
Tamper-Proof Window Installation
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