Windows are essential in keeping your home safe, especially for children. Falls are among the most common causes of injury in kids, and many of these accidents can be prevented by simply securing the windows in your home.
In this article, Renewal by Andersen® of New Jersey-New York Metro, a trusted windows and doors contractor, lists a few questions you should ask to ensure the safety of your window.
1. Do You Leave Windows Open Thinking that the Insect Screen Would Prevent a Fall?
Insect screens aren’t intended for preventing a fall. These screens are designed to provide ventilation while keeping insects out. So don’t rely on them to be strong enough to catch a falling child.
2. Are There Guards, Grilles, Grates or Security Bars on Any of Your Windows?
These additional features can be very helpful in deterring burglars. However, they can also potentially be a hazard if their release mechanism isn’t functioning. Whether you have casement windows or double-hung windows, regularly check if they are properly working and make sure to follow local building codes regarding the placement of window guards.
3. Have You Designed Your Landscaping to Help Cushion a Fall?
How you design your landscaping might just save a child one day. Plant shrubs and soft edging like grass can cushion falls, so you might want to consider paying special attention to the areas under your windows.
4. Are There Any Furniture Placed Near or Under Your Windows?
Make sure there is no furniture or other large items near the windows. Children can use these as climbing aid, so it’s best to keep the windows out of their reach.
Renewal by Andersen® of New Jersey-New York Metro offers an array of window types, including bow and bay, sliding and picture windows. Call us at (908) 497-1020 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Staten Island, NY, and nearby NJ areas.