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Children and Window Screen Safety

Last updated 6 years ago

When the weather is warm, it's important for parents and anyone who has small children around to pay attention to window safety.  Here are some tips to help you childproof your windows.

  • Window screens are meant to keep bugs out, not to keep children in. Don't rely on them to prevent falls.  They will not support a child's weight.
  • Buy child-safe window guards.  It is important to look for guards that are specifically designed to protect children-- windows guards designed for security might deter thieves, but leave room for curious children to fall.
  • Invest in window latches and locks. Make sure that windows located near fire escapes have an easy-to-use latch so that you can open them quickly in an emergency.
  • For air flow, try opening double-hung windows from the top instead of the bottom to ensure that children cannot reach the open window.
  • Keep furniture away from open windows so that children cannot crawl up a chair, couch, or table and out a window.
  • Be sure not to leave your child unattended!

McCready, Garcia & Leet wishes you a safe and happy autumn.


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