By: Will Anderson
When the sun is shining and the temperature is comfortable, people want to take advantage of the beautiful weather by opening up their windows. Letting a sweet breeze roll through your house is always pleasant and refreshing. Although windows might help us enjoy the seasons more, they also can play a big part in safety issues at home.
Every year more than 3,000 children under the age of 18 are treated in emergency rooms as a result of a fall from a window. On top of that, 32% of all home break-ins are committed by burglars who enter through a window. To stop your household from becoming another statistic, be sure to follow these tips to help with window safety.
- Install guards on all second-story windows- Window screens do a great job of keeping bugs out. However, you can’t rely on them to keep children from falling out and being hurt, and you also can’t rely on them to stop a burglar. Window guards are adjustable metal or aluminum crates about 4 inches apart from each other. They work with every window and can be installed by screwing the guard into the window frame. Installing window guards is a cheap and easy way to increase your home safety on several fronts.
- Install window safety locks- Almost all windows come equipped with some kind of locking mechanism. Nonetheless, you can improve on your windows security by adding safety locks. Most additional window locks can be purchased for around ten dollars and take less than five minutes to install. Many locks are also childproof to make sure your children do not mess with the windows against your wishes.
- Consider tempered glass- Tempered glass is much stronger than traditional glass. When it breaks, it shatters into tiny and harmless pieces, which decreases the likelihood of being severely cut. You should consider tempered glass in your living room, children’s bedrooms and bathroom to reduce the risk of injury if a window happens to break.
- Don’t put high shrubs or trees in front of your windows- This tip is mainly meant to protect from burglars. If you keep tall shrubs and trees in front of your windows, there is a chance burglars can hide in them and find easier access into your home.
And finally, make sure you have the correct homeowner's insurance to protect you in the unfortunate case that one of the above scenarios does occur.