In the event of an emergency, your windows could be a lifesaver. More than just a means of ventilation for your home, windows double as an emergency exit for you and your family.
At the same time, however, windows can pose a risk to your kids. Kids, with their natural curiosity, may attempt to climb onto the window sill and hurt themselves in the process. As such, it’s important to do a monthly window safety check.
Renewal by Andersen® of Oklahoma, a top windows contractor in the state, compiled a quick safety checklist for you below.
Keeping Windows Closed Whenever Kids Are Playing Nearby
You don’t have to close all of the windows; you just need to choose which ones to open. Only open windows kids can’t easily reach. It would also be a good idea to set some ground rules with them.
Making Sure There’s No Furniture Placed Near Your Windows
However, there’s still a chance kids can access high windows by climbing onto nearby furniture. If there are any near your windows, move them away.
Installing Security Features With an Easy Release Mechanism
Of course, there’s just no telling what may happen. As such, it’s better to err on the side of caution and install security features like window guards. Keep in mind that a window screen can easily be dislodged, especially in the case of large windows, like picture windows. As such, window screens are not a substitute for a proper window guard.
Note as well that the security features need to have an easy-to-open release mechanism that would allow it the window to be used as an emergency escape. Time, after all, is of the essence in an emergency.
Making Sure the Windows Can Be Opened Properly
This step, of course, is an obvious one, but you would be surprised by how many forget to do this. This step applies to all windows in your house, including ones in your attic or stock room. Without periodic lubrication, the opening mechanism may not function properly. If you do have a malfunctioning window, it may be better to get a window replacement.
Renewal by Andersen of Oklahoma offers a wide range of premium windows. To request an estimate, call us at (405) 212-5936 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Oklahoma City (OKC) and Tulsa.