Windows not only serve as a source of natural lighting and ventilation but also as exits in the event of an emergency. However, they are a safety risk for kids without the proper safety precautions in place. That’s why it’s a good idea to routinely conduct a window safety check.
The home improvement contractors at Renewal by Andersen® of Dallas and Fort Worth compiled a quick list of questions in this guide to help you assess the safety of your windows.
Does Your Family Have an Emergency Escape Plan?
While formulating an emergency escape plan, you should identify two exit points in every room and designate a meeting spot for your family. You should practice the escape plan at least once to help your kids learn how to safely exit each room.
Is There Furniture Near the Windows?
Kids are naturally curious, which is why they might try to reach higher windows by climbing onto furniture. To prevent accidents, furniture should be kept away from windows. As an additional precaution, windows should be kept closed whenever children are playing near them. You should set some ground rules with your children to minimize the risk of injury.
Do Your Windows Have Security Features With Easy-Release Mechanisms?
Some homeowners think that having window security mechanisms installed is unnecessary. However, when it comes to your family’s safety, it’s best to err on the side of caution. Contractors recommend choosing window security features with an easy-release mechanism to reduce the risk of delays during emergencies or jammed windows. For more tips on how to make your windows more secure and safe, consult a reputable contractor.
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