We want your home to be a safe place for family and friends alike. As we usher in warmer weather, and the opening of windows, let’s review some potential window hazards and solutions.
Many newer models of window shades are cordless, as they are now incorporated into the design. If you have any shades with cords, make sure they are not a temptation to smaller children that may want to pull or try to swing from them. You could use a cord wind-up device to keep dangling cords out of reach or cut the cords so they do not reach to the base of the window. Cord cleats, which allow you to wrap the cord in a figure eight manner are also a great option to keep excess cords out of the way.
View your windows from the eye-line of a small child. If chairs or surrounding furniture are near an open window, could a child climb them and potentially fall out? Consider rearranging items to deter this scenario. Talk to kids about the dangers of an open window too!
We all love fresh spring air. If your windows allow you to open them from the top, that can eliminate a potential falling hazard. Employ the guards or latches to prevent the window from opening all the way, fresh air without the risk of a fully opened window. You can also purchase stopper kits for older model windows. Never count on a screen to support the weight of a small child or a pet.
Every home should have a plan for escape should a fire or emergency arise. If that plan involves a window make sure you examine that opening a few times a year. Make sure nothing is obstructing it and that it opens easily. Have a sturdy ladder that attaches to the window frame for persons to climb down. If there are bushes or trees under that window, consider how that could affect your escape and choose another window if necessary. Go over the escape plan with family to see if any adjustments need to be made.