As the weather warms up there is nothing better than a summer breeze through an open window to air out your home. There are some precautions to take when leaving the windows open around young children.
Teach children to play in areas away from windows.
Teach caregivers and children that screens keep bugs out, but they do not keep children in.
For any windows that are 6 feet or higher from the ground, install window stops or guards that meet ASTM standards – limiting windows to opening less than 4 inches.
Keep windows closed and locked when not in use.
Keep furniture or anything a child can climb away from windows.
Always supervise children and ask about window safety when your child visits other homes.
For a double-hung window on an upper floor, install a window guard or stop that keeps children from pushing the bottom window open.
Lessen the potential impact of injury from a fall through strategic landscaping – use of wood chips, grass or shrubs beneath windows.
Other things to consider are the cords on blinds and shades can be a strangulation hazard to children. Always cut the loops and place them up high out of the reach of children.
Remember that windows can be a lifeline if your family needs to make a quick escape during an emergency so it is important they are in good working order.
If any stops, guards, grills or grates are placed on the window for safety reasons, they must be easily removed.