Despite all the advancements, windows are still a major problem and pose a real threat to children in the United States. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, every year an estimated 3,300 children are seriously injured, and 8 children under the age of five die after falling through a window. Fortunately there are measures you can take to make your windows in Chicago, IL more secure and safer for your children.
Windows attract children by offering an exciting view of the goings on outside. So you want to make sure your child can’t easily reach the window. Move any furniture near the windows that a child could climb to gain access. You also want to be cautious of any light items your child could easily stack and climb to reach the window. Reorganizing the room and moving these items will certainly lower the risk.
Some windows are already equipped with permanent locks. And with a child in the house you will want to locate that window key and start securing your windows. If you can’t find a key, you can have the lock barrels replaced by a professional. Or if your windows don’t have locks, but are ready for an upgrade, you can install replacement windows with permanent locks as an extra security feature. If you don’t want to go that far, there are some other childproofing products you might consider.
Securing a crank or casement window is fairly simple. All you do is close and lock the window, then remove the crank handle. If you unscrew it, the handle should pull right off. You can hide it away in a cupboard, and pull it out when you need to open the window. Just be careful when removing and reattaching it, so you don’t damage the handle.
These wedge-shaped installations work on single-hung windows, double-hung windows, and sliding windows. They still allow for some ventilation, but keep children from opening a window too far. Just make sure the window opening only reaches about four inches. That said, these are products simply designed for childproofing. They were not made to be a burglar prevention device.
If you still want to be able to open the window fully while you are in the room, another option is the Charley Bar. If you install it upside down at the top of the window it is out of a child’s reach, but can still offer protection. If the Charley Bar is up you can open the window freely. But when you close the window the bar drops down, securing it shut.
Unfortunately most of these childproofing options mean you can’t keep the windows open and keep your child safe. In warmer months especially, you want to be able to open the windows to circulate the air in your home. But you also want to keep your child safe. You might consider a window guard or window grate. It is like a baby gate built for windows. This series of bars is designed to keep your child from falling through the windows, even if the windows are open.
For more insights on securing your windows in Chicago, IL, contact the professionals at Scientific Home Services. You can stop by 7240 Saint Louis Ave., Skokie, IL 60076 or call (847) 752-0370.