Home for many children is a safe place where memories are made. Home can also be a place of danger if not child proofed or ready in case of emergency like fire. Common household fixtures like windows pose a danger to children. Window safety is a task that all adults are responsible for. These are some simple steps to safeguard your home:
1. Move Furniture Away From Windows
Furniture is like a magnet for children, but furniture near windows and children do not mix! Placing furniture near windows increases the risk of a window-related fall accident. Decrease this risk by not placing furniture near or up against windows.
2. Window Stops
Remember the rule of “no more than four” meaning windows should not open more than four inches. If you have window that open more than four inches this can be easily fixed with a window stop. Window stops are installed on the side of windows and can be set to not be opened past a certain point.
3. Check window locks
Make sure your window locks are in good working condition. If you notice your locks are loose fitting or not working as they should, replace them.
Window-related falls are preventable with proper safeguards put into place. We hope that our guidelines help make your home a safer place for the little people in your life.