Homes all over the country are welcoming Spring and the warmer temperatures by opening windows and letting the fresh air in. As you move about your home, getting it ready for the changes of the season, now is an excellent time to look over your windows for any issues that would make them unsafe for children and pets.
• If first floor windows are accessible to small children make sure to install window stoppers to limit a wide opening. Keep furniture far enough away from windows to limit the desire to climb near them. Make sure window locks align properly and are secure when they are closed. Second story windows in a child's room may benefit from easy to install bars that limit access, but still allow fresh air.
window does not drop suddenly to avoid pinched fingers and hands.
• If you have cords that dangle, consider purchasing cord holders that help wind up the excess or switch to cordless blinds to prevent strangling. Never position a crib near a window that has long cords.
• Do not rely on a screen to prevent a fall. The weight of a child or pet pressing on a screen could cause it to pop out of the window. Fix any holes or tears that could get worse over time.
• If you have a safety escape plan that involves a window, check that the window opens with ease. Keep clutter and furniture out of the way. If the window is on a second floor make sure a fire escape ladder is available.
Talk with your children about the potential hazards of an open window and go over guidelines to keep them safe. A little maintenance and care can make all the difference in the life of a curious child.