Monday, April 05, 2010

Childproof Your Windows

By Mark J. Donovan

Every year thousands of children are injured by falls from windows. You can help prevent your child from becoming a statistic by taking a few simple safety precautions with your home’s windows.

First, it is important to understand that window screens are meant for providing ventilation and preventing insects from entering your home. They are NOT meant for preventing falls. To childproof your windows and prevent falls, do not place your children’s bed and furniture near windows.

Also, when you do open a window, such as a double hung window, lower the upper sash versus raising the lower one. By lowering the upper sash it makes it more difficult for the child to reach the open window.

Another great idea is to consider installing window guard devices on the windows to prevent accidental falls. Also, keep your windows closed and locked when not home or ventilation is not required.

Finally, to prevent accidental hangings only use window blinds or window treatments that do not have loose cords.

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