Window Safety

Child safety window guards and locks.

Child safety window guards and locks The under-fives are the most at-risk age group from accidental falls through windows and on balconies. According to the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), one child under five is admitted to hospital every day after falling from a building. Children at a young age are naturally curious and keen to explore their surroundings, but at the same time aren’t aware of the possible risks and dangers that accompany their wandering around. This is when baby proofing comes in handy. Everything from stairs, socket points, cookers, electrical equipment, cleaning products and heavy furniture, need to be secured, but today our attention is on windows. Start by examining window areas carefully to make sure that children cannot climb on anything (e.g. furniture or beds) that would place them at a height in which they could easily reach an open window. Secondly, install child safety window guards, as well as window locks. Safety devices must be in place regardless of whether or not you plan to frequently open that specific window. Children are fast learners, and if the opportunity arises, they will no doubt try to have a go at opening it themselves, so be prepared. Window locks and window guards are the best way to baby proof a window and avoid preventable household accidents such as falls, so be sure to select a high quality device that is also appropriate to your child’s age and skill level. Contact a Baby Safe Homes safety professional to receive indications on how to best baby proof your home and to keep your family safe. Call 888.481.7233

Child Safe Window Guards

Window safety device Children have a fascination with windows and also love to climb. Because infants do not properly understand the threat of an open window, it is a parent’s job to child proof any potential hazards. Examine window areas carefully to make sure that children do not have easy access to furniture that could help them get to a window’s height. Do not rely on window screens to prevent falls: They cannot hold the weight of a child who pushes against them. Secure windows from opening more than four inches, but If you do plan on opening them completely during warm weather, make sure you properly install child safety window guards. It is extremely important to choose the best window safety device for your home. This decision should not be taken lightly, and it should be based on your child’s age and skill level. Contact your local Baby Safe Homes safety specialist for more information regarding the best window safety device suited for YOUR needs. Call 888.481.7233      

Child Safety for Balconies and Windows

Balconies and windows According to statistics each year, more than 2.5 million children are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. These falls may occur from stairs, but also from balconies and windows. Baby Safe Homes cannot stress enough the fact that the best tool you have for preventing injury to your child is your undivided attention. Childproofing or safety devices NEVER replace the supervision of a responsible adult. That said, they do add a layer of protection, and it’s therefore very important to follow these guidelines. First of all examine window areas carefully to make sure that children cannot climb on anything (e.g. furniture or beds) that would place them in danger of falling out an open window. Secondly, secure any dangling cords from blinds and install child safe window guards if you plan on opening windows during warm weather. Finally, it is important to choose the correct window safety devise for your child based on his/her age and skill level. Please remember that window screens cannot hold the weight of a child who pushes against them, so we advise you not to rely on them to prevent falls. Contact your local Baby Safe Homes safety specialist for more information regarding the best window safety device suited for YOUR needs. Call 888.481.7233

Window Safety for Your Baby and Toddler

As the temperature rises it’s about time to open the windows and enjoy all the fun that warmer weather brings.    Since National Window Safety Week is in April, we have included a link below to a handy window safety checklist from the National Safety Council.  Keep in mind that windows not only provide an escape route in case of emergencies, but can also be a risk for accidental falls for you baby and toddler.  Window Safety Checklist If you have young children in your home and are considering installing window guards or window fall prevention devices, be aware that the windows guards you install must have a release mechanism so that they can be opened for escape in a fire emergency.  There are several different types of window guards to choose from so choosing the right one for your window is important.  Please visit our Window Photo Gallery to view pictures of different options to keep your baby and toddler safe around open windows or click on the photo below. If you need help with baby proofing your home or need a custom window guard, contact your local Baby Safe Homes safety specialist.   Find YOUR Baby Proofer

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National Window Safety Week

Screens keep bugs out, not kids in. Nothing says spring and summer like opening the windows, setting the chairs and table on the porch, or planting flowers.  Keeping windows and doors open not only provides fresh air through the house, but it is a hidden danger in your house if you have little ones. Window falls increase dramatically during the spring and summer months; however, they can be prevented. It takes supervision and a few extra precaution. We also want to remind you that no device replaces active supervision. It’s the key to ensuring your child doesn’t have access to open windows or doors around the home. Top Tips to Prevent Window Falls Install window guards to prevent children from falling out of windows. For windows above the first floor, install window guards with an emergency release device in case of fire. Install window stops so that windows open no more than four inches. Keep windows locked and closed when they are not being used. Keep furniture away from windows so kids cannot climb to the ledge. If you have double-hung windows — the kind that can open down from the top as well as up from the bottom — it is generally safer to open the top pane, but growing kids may have enough strength, dexterity and curiosity to open the bottom pane. Do not rely on window screens to prevent falls. Keep windows locked when they are closed. Supervise children at all times, especially around open windows. Install window guards! Window guards should be installed to prevent the little ones from being able to fall outside. They are easy to install and have a release mechanism in the event of an emergency or the need to […]

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