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Top Ten List of Window Safety Tips

June 17, 2015

3,300 U.S. children under the age of 5 are injured annually in falls from windows, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. This alarming statistic is part of a Safe Kids report on unintentional falls — the number one cause of non-fatal injuries for children across the globe. In 2011, there were 2,876,929 children requiring emergency room treatment for a fall-related injury and, in 2010, 127 U.S. children died in a fall-related accident.

To help keep your family safe and secure, consider our Top Ten List of Window Safety Tips:

10. Consider planting shrubs or other soft edging beneath windows to lessen the impact if a fall does occur.

9. Teakidch your children not to jump on the bed or furniture as this may lead to a fall.

8. Keep furniture, etc. away from windows to ensure that children cannot climb up to the windows. Never allow children to play on or near window ledges.

7. Keep windows and doors locked when young children are around. Set rules about playing away from windows and patio doors. Falling through glass can cause serious or even fatal injury.

6. Window screens are designed to keep insects out. Screens cannot support the weight of a person, even that of a small child, and will not prevent a fall.

5. When windows are opened for ventilation, only open windows that young children cannot reach or open fully. Our tilt and turn windows are ideal in this situation. Windows can tilt in for ventilation and the multi-point locking hardware makes it difficult for young children to operate.

4. If you use window guards or restrictors on the interior of your windows (some municipalities require the use of these kinds of safety mechanisms), make sure they are operable and can be easily removed. Practice detaching the guards with your children in case they need to exit through a window in an emergency. Also keep in mind that some windows – like bedroom windows – need to meet egress requirements and should not be restricted in a way that prevents emergency exit.

3. Choose safety glass for your windows and doors. Doors come standard with tempered glass, which has higher impact resistance and – if broken – shatters into many small, dull pieces. Laminated glass will shatter, but usually remain intact within the frame, preventing falls, as well as enhancing security and frustrating intruders. EuroLine windows and doors come standard with multi-point locking hardware which provides additional protection against intruders.

2.  Adult supervision is the easiest and best method for preventing a child from falling from a window. Watch small children carefully and ensure that their play is kept well away from windows.

1. Establish a family emergency escape plan and practice it regularly. Teach your children how to safely use the windows as way out during a fire. Make sure that you have at least one window in each bedroom that meets escape and rescue requirements.

For more safety tips, security options and information about EuroLine windows and doors:

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Doors

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5 thoughts on “Top Ten List of Window Safety Tips

  1. Jake White says:

    I think that my kids seriously descended from the George of the Jungle or something, because they are always climbing and jumping in and out of places. My wife and I are trying to figure out ways to keep our windows safe, as one of them was just broke by one of our kids throwing a golf ball at it. It seems like a good idea to get safety glass, which has higher impact resistance, and shatters into smaller tiny pieces if it is broken. This may be well worth our investment with our crazy children.

  2. Alex Lane says:

    Thank you for these tips. My wife and I are trying to add some security features to our house, but we are not sure where to start. I had not thought of security screens or guards on the windows. That may be a good start. Are there different types that you can use?

  3. Tobias Armstrong says:

    Thank you for these tips on how to protect both your windows and your children. Screens are one of those things that are super helpful for the exact job they were designed for, but they do a terrible job of keeping little kids safe. Same with door screens. I personally fell through a door screen when I was a kid, so I know that from personal experience. Thanks for the great tips though – safety first!

  4. Chris says:

    I have the Euro line tilt and turn windows and I just wondering how to adjust and make the windows open a little bit smaller since my little one knows how to turn the window. Please forward me the information. Thanks very much

    1. EuroLine Windows says:

      Hello Chris,

      That is an excellent question, and certainly not an uncommon one.

      Tilt & turn windows are meant to be tilted in at the top for ventilation, which restricts how much the window will open. This position creates draft-free air circulation, and is preferable to opening the windows for ventilation.

      If your child has figured out how to open the closed window and put it into the turn position, which is usually the first position from closed, then there are a few alternative routes you can take to prevent this:

      The first is to convert your windows to tilt-before-turn windows. This means that instead of swinging open when the handle is put in the horizontal position, it will tilt. In order to get it to turn from this position, the sash first has to be pushed back into the frame, and the handle turned all the way up. Small children usually do not have the strength to do this.

      Another option is to install a restrictor. This additional piece of hardware prevents the window from being opened completely, limiting the swing to just a few inches.

      Another option is to put in a handle with a keylock, meaning that you can only turn the handle – and therefore operate the window – with a key.

      However, one very important thing to keep in mind is that by restricting the opening, or preventing the window from being opened in the first place – regardless of which route is chosen to achieve this – a different danger is being created: emergency egress is being prevented.

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