One of the most common mistakes parents make when childproofing their homes is not childproofing the windows. If a child can reach it, chances are the child will get into it. Below is a comprehensive list of things you can do to ensure the safety of your children around your windows.
The first recommended step to childproofing your windows is to install window stoppers, a very inexpensive solution. A window stopper is exactly what it sounds like, it is a piece of plastic that you put in the jam of the window to keep it from opening. One of the most common injuries that children receive as a result of improper window safety is smashed fingers. It is very easy for a child to open a window or try closing a window and their fingers getting in the way. Unfortunately, younger children do not expect the windows to close on their hands so they put their hands on the window seal to close it.
The second recommended safety solution to the dangers of windows is to install a hook to store the window cords on. Dangling window shade cords pose a strangulation risk to children. It is recommended that you install command strip hooks out of the child’s reach to wrap the cord around when it is not needed. Though it sounds like a simple task, installing a hook to keep the blind cords on can be a life-saving prevention tactic.
Another way to keep your children safe from the potential dangers of windows is to move the furniture away from your windows ensuring that your child cannot crawl on the furniture to reach the windows. We also recommend window guards for windows that are reachable without the assistance of furniture.
Lastly make sure you keep your windows locked at all times, by keeping your windows locked you are ensuring that children aren’t able to get the windows open. While many of these tips are vital for your house, they are also absolutely necessary when you live in an apartment unit that is not on the ground floor. Children are curious and they want to explore their surroundings, and it is our job as adults to keep them safe from potential hazards, no matter what they may be.
Do not rely on screens to keep your children from falling out of windows, screens are not sturdy enough to withstand the weight of a child. Some things to consider when childproofing your windows are to ask your landlord if they provide window guards, as well as checking local ordinances to make sure that you are complying with local rules and regulations.
By following the above steps for window safety you will be able to go the extra mile to keep your child safe from the potential hazards that windows present. Keeping your child safe is one of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver. Windows are often overlooked making them one of the most dangerous things in your home. Another thing to consider when you are childproofing your windows is not only that they keep the children inside of the house safe, but it also keeps you safe from opportunist who checks windows to rob houses.