Did you know that nearly 5,200 children are treated at an emergency room every year for falling out of a window? That means roughly 14 children fall out of a window and need to get rushed to a hospital every single day of the year. You can make sure your child isn't one of those 14 children by learning how to childproof your windows.
Prevent Your Child From Reaching The Windows
It is possible you may not have to do much of anything to childproof your windows other than making sure your children cannot reach them. If the windows are high enough, your children would need something to climb on to reach them. Here's what you need to watch out for:
- Furniture near the windows that your child could climb on
- Objects that your child could stack to form a ladder
If your child has no way of climbing to the windows via furniture or a makeshift tower of toys, you don't have to worry about him/her falling out of it. Even if you are sure your child can't reach the window, it never hurts to take other childproofing steps as well.
Install The Window Wedge
The Window Wedge, as the name suggests, is a window stopper designed to wedge a window shut. It can be used to wedge single hung, double hung, and sliding windows shut.
Lock The Windows
When you have a professional installing and/or replacing the windows on your home – make sure the windows come with locks. This is especially true for any windows your children have access to. Get the professional to install the lock for you and show you how the lock works. Let the company setting up the windows and locks know you need the lock to keep your child from opening the window. This may impact what type of lock they install or where they install the lock at. After all, it isn't going to do you any good for them to install a lock as simple as a latch or eye hook as your child will just be able to undo the lock and open the window.
As you are taking the necessary steps to childproof your windows, remember not to make the window impossible to open. For example, as much as you may want to just seal the window shut, the window provides you and your family with a quick exit in the event of a fire. This exit is not going to do you any good if you have it locked up so tight that you can't open it quickly. The goal is to keep your child from being able to open it, not you.Share