Kids’ natural curiosity compels them to explore unfamiliar territory, but this same curiosity can also lead them to harm. Left unattended, kids might try climbing onto windows sills and hurt themselves in the process. However, while windows pose a risk, they can potentially be a lifesaver as well; windows can serve as emergency escapes in the event of a fire. That’s why it’s important to have a window safety checklist.
Renewal by Andersen® of San Antonio, a top window installation company in the state, lists the things you need to check as part of your window safety assessment.
Are Windows Kept Open Even When There Are Children Nearby?
Make it a habit to keep windows closed while children are playing nearby. If you want to let in a bit more fresh air, open windows that kids can’t easily reach. It’s also a good idea to set some rules regarding playing near windows and patio doors.
Is There Furniture Children Could Climb on Near the Windows?
Keep furniture away from windows, especially a large one like a bay window, as children could climb onto it to reach the window.
Are There Window Guards Installed?
Window guards and security grills can keep unwanted guests out and prevent your kids from falling out of the window. Keep in mind, however, they could also hamper your family’s escape during an emergency. As such, ask your local fire department or building code official about the guidelines around the placement of window guards before installing them.
Are Any of the Windows Jammed, Painted or Nailed Shut?
Every second counts during an emergency escape, and a window that has a faulty opening mechanism or has been painted or nailed shut can cost you those precious seconds. Confirm that your picture windows are still in good working condition.
To prevent any problems with the window’s opening mechanism, only hire professional contractors from reputable brands, like Renewal by Andersen® of San Antonio. To get a free estimate, call (210) 888-9680 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in San Antonio and Universal City, TX, and nearby areas.