Top 5 tips to Prevent a Child from Falling out of an Open Window
Summer season is around the corner and days continue to get warmer and longer. With the warm weather on the rise, there is a sudden increase in the number of unattended open windows. We're all eager for that cool summer breeze floating through the house each night but there are risks that may directly impact your family.
According to Global News, there are already six cases of a child being treated for a fall at BC Children's Hospital in 2019. In 2018, 15 children fell from balconies or windows. It's a scary statistic and it is vital to make sure your windows are safe and secure when there are children in the house. A father and homeowner in North Vancouver urges parents to take all the precautions necessary, in order to prevent a child from falling out of an open window. Click HERE to read more about his story.
The fact remains that unattended open windows lead to nearly 5,000 children falling out of windows every year, according to the U.S. consumer Product Safety Commission and it is considered one of the top five home hazards.
Top 5 Tips To Prevent A Child From Falling Out Of An Open Window:
- Screen’s keep the bug’s out—but they are not strong enough to hold the weight of a toddler in when leaned on.
- Always lock unopened windows, and only open windows that are out of reach of your child for ventilation purposes.
- Do not place any beds or scalable furniture underneath a window for curious children to climb.
- Always supervise children and keep their play area away from unsecured windows and patio doors.
- Consider installing additional safety features to your windows to restrict the size of the window opening, such as;
- Charley Bars | A straight bar that goes across horizontal sliding windows to prevent opening.
- Windows Wedges | Small wedges that are used on vertical sliding windows to prevent opening.
- Window Stops | A small mechanism that keeps the windows locked. The stop also controls the height and width of the locked window.
To secure existing windows call your local hardware store for aftermarket locks and guards. If you are getting new Centra windows installed by us, our installers would be more than happy to assist you in installing new safety equipment to keep you and your children safe—all you have to do is ask! If you are looking for more information and want to get a better insight on our 5 tips, give us a call today at 1-888-534-3333 and we’d be happy to help.
*Safety Equipment is not included in the price of installation or with windows. Equipment must be purchased prior to installation date.