Safety in your home can be argued is the chief role of any shelter or dwelling. However, in some cases, even the very home components may pose a danger to your household if you haven’t maintained them well or at least inspected them.
Windows are one of those dangerous areas, which create a risk of injury when the glass shatters or when the occupants falls off an open one. In today’s post, your wood window professional, Skyline Windows, discusses four questions to ask yourself when checking for window safety.
- Have you child-proofed your windows? Keep your windows shut and latched tight when children are around, especially if they could reach your windows. For ventilation, we suggest using those higher up instead of those that they couldn’t reach. Set the area around windows off-limits for play.
- Is there furniture around your windows? It’s a good idea to remove furniture away from windows. Not only would they interfere with lighting and ventilation, but children may climb up on them to reach the windows.
- Do you use window guards? These devices, including grilles, grates, and security bars, may hinder your evacuation in case of emergency egress. If you need to install one, find a window guard with an emergency release mechanism. Consider a composite window instead if you feel like you need a more durable window.
- Have you designated an emergency evacuation plan? In case of fire or other emergencies, such as a break-in, have you designated a window that can accommodate you and your family and lead to a hidden exit? If so, you should keep it relatively clear but out of sight. It’s a good idea to plant shrubbery outside this window to break your fall and hide you as you make your way to safety.
Skyline Windows is the area’s top-rated window installer, from a regular double-hung window to a more modern fiberglass window. If you think your windows are unsafe or you want us to inspect them, call us at (804) 270-4008. You can also fill out our contact form here.