As the weather warms up and homeowners all over Oregon and Washington open their windows to soak up some of that beautiful fresh summer air, it’s important to keep window safety in mind. Unfortunately, curious kids around the country are significantly injured or suffer fatalities from falling out of windows every year. Here are some important tips for window safety in your home.
#1: Keep windows locked.
When young children are in the home, keep windows closed and locked. Usually, the locks will hinder them from opening them. If you need to open a window for ventilation, be sure to open the ones that are out of the child’s reach. Screens help protect them a little bit, but they won’t completely prevent a fall.
#2: Move furniture away from windows.
If there is furniture placed in front of the window that a child could climb on to access the window, move it. Kids love to crawl and climb. By moving beds or chairs away from the windows, it can help discourage the kids from directly accessing the window.
If you have windows open, keep a close eye on the children. So, talk to them about window safety and remind them that they should never play close to the window or climb onto the sill. Communication and teaching them the right way to behave around open windows is an important component to keeping them safe.
#4: Upgrade your windows.
If your windows are old, inefficient, or don’t have locks that work, consider replacing them. Updated windows add value to your home and make it look nicer. New windows also ensure secure locking.
Ready to get started on your window replacement project? You can feel confident in our team of experienced professionals at Lifetime Windows and Doors. We proudly carry Milgard Windows and Doors, as well as Simonton Window products. These top quality brands withstand the test of time. So, contact us today for a free ‘no contact’ virtual quote, or to learn more about our promotions and other details that can help make the project more affordable.