A View from the Inside Out: Window SafetyBy Home Security Source Apr 9, 2010 | 10:30:00 amPosted in: Child Safety, DIY Safety, Home
It’s National Window Safety week and with more and more families’ opening their windows for the first time this year, there is no better time to make sure your home’s windows are safe and secure.
Here are a few safety tips to help you ensure your home’s windows are helping keep you, your home and your kids safe:
- Always place cribs, playpens and other furniture away from windows and window cords. Children can easily climb to access windows, and window cords pose serious choking hazards. Hundreds of window blinds have already been recalled due to the choking hazards they pose.
- If your windows have security guards/bars, make sure they are secure and in good working condition; windows are useless in an emergency if the security devices on them do not have a functioning release mechanism. If you’re not sure whether window guards are properly installed, contact your local fire department for advice.
- The National Safety Council reports that falls of all kinds are the leading causes if injury and death of young children. Don’t rely on window screens to prevent falls. Screens are designed to keep pests out, not to hold a child's weight. Never leave young children unattended near open windows.
- Make sure your home’s windows are equipped with security locks and use them whenever you’re away from home. Windows can provide burglars with easy access to your home, so remember to properly secure windows and reinforce sliding glass doors.
Our home’s windows allow us to look out on the world and can help keep us safe, they are also one of the first lines of defense in home security if they are properly maintained and secured.
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