How To Baby-Proof The Windows In Your Home
The windows in your home can provide you with fresh air, a beautiful view, and a pleasing visual aesthetic for your interior décor. They can also pose significant dangers to small children, particularly those situated on floors that are elevated high above the ground.
Children, by nature, are curious, inquisitive, and sometimes a bit too daring for their own good. Combine those things with playing in or near a window and that can lead to a potentially deadly situation. Unfortunately, it happens more often than you might think as a recent study has found that 3,500 to 5,000 children fall from windows each year.
With those statistics at play, the time is now to childproof windows in your home. We’re going to give you some pointers on how to do it. But don’t be concerned about the type of windows you have in your home, as we have plenty of ideas.
There are many bay bow window options out there, some homes may have casement, some might have more sliding windows in their home, it doesn’t matter – you can protect your little loved ones from sustaining an injury, or worse, due to a fall from a window.
Lock Your Windows
It’s as simple as that. If you do nothing else to baby proof the windows in your home, always be sure to keep them securely locked. That way, young children won’t be able to open the window as they may not be aware how to unlock it.
This becomes somewhat less effective for slightly older children who have the cognitive deduction skills to understand how the locking mechanism works and the capability to disengage it. Some locks are a bit more complicated to figure out than others depending upon the kind of window you have installed.
But for those parents who don’t want to leave anything to chance, there are a variety of childproof lock devices on the market that add an enhanced layer of security to keep those locks engaged. Some homeowners will even opt to have locks installed that require a key to get them open.
The choice is up to you, but you have a number of options at your disposal.
Rearrange the Furniture
Chances are that most of the windows in your home are not located near the ground so they are out of reach to small children, unless they can on something in order to get close to them.
The goal, of course, is to keep that from happening and that means identifying the rooms in which a child can use various pieces of furniture, household objects, shelving units, and other items as a means to climb up and reach a window.
Walk through the home and identify any areas where your child can get to the nearest window with items in the vicinity and move them further away. This may be easier to do in some rooms than others as heavy furniture may require multiple lifters and small rooms may not have enough floor space to shift furnishings far back from the closest window.
Be on the lookout for any other small items that can be picked up and/or thrown at the window so that it might shatter upon impact. Younger children may not even be attempting to break the window but if they do, the glass shards that fall from it can pose a serious risk of injury.
Window Security Devices
There are a number of methods by which one can secure a window from being opened erroneously from the inside or out. With so many different windows types out there, you may need different types of security devices to keep them from being opened.
Two such devices are the wedge and the bar. You can fashion your own version of each or go with store-bought options of the same. The first is a simple wedge that can be used to keep single or double hung and sliding windows from being opened.
The second is a bar that is positioned horizontally next to a sliding door or window that prevents them from being opened. Each of these items is highly effective and keeping windows closed and should be used in combination with the other items on this list.
Some windows require a crank to open or shut them. For children young or old, a crank can become an impromptu toy that may be too enticing to ignore. But if you don’t want a child to gain access to an open window, even one that you may have thought had been locked, you can simply remove the crank handles from their pegs.
But remember to hold on to the cranks for later on, when you want to open those windows again.