When the weather's warm, it can be tempting to open your windows and let in the fresh breeze. But did you know this is a safety risk for young kids? Help prevent tragic falls with these window safety pointers:
Window safety dos and don'ts
- Do: Close and lock all windows when you’re not in the room. Children can push windows open.
- Don't: Open windows more than four inches. This prevents small children from being able to squeeze through.
- Do: Keep windows open at the top, not at the bottom, whenever possible. Kids are less likely to access the opening.
- Don't: Assume that a screen makes the window safe. Screens aren't strong enough to hold even a small child.
- Do: Install window safety devices ( see below ) on all windows — even on the first floor.
- Don't: Make windows accessible. Move furniture that kids might climb on away from windows.
Using window safety devices
Window stops and guards are designed to help prevent anyone from falling out the window. Window stops keep windows from opening more than a few inches, and window guards block the window opening. Help ensure safe and effective use with these tips:
- Purchase the correct type of window guard. Find the correct fit for your window and follow the manufacturer's installation instructions. Window guards may not be the exact aesthetic you were going for, but these add-ons help with safety.
- Know how to remove the safety device. Practice removing it regularly so you'll be prepared to do so in the event of an emergency.