Window Safety And Children


If you don’t take the proper safety precautions, windows can pose multiple threats to small children. Even discounting the risk of them accidentally wrapping a pull string or window sash around their necks or accidentally pulling the entire window dressing on their heads, there are some risks. A slightly open window may shut on a child’s hand or a window without a very sturdy screen can give your child at risk of falling out the window. Luckily, there are a few easy things you can do to make sure that your windows are safe for your kids, regardless of their age.

Make Sure The Window Is Out Of Reach

The first thing you can do is make sure that your child won’t be able to reach the window in the first place. Make sure that you don’t have any furniture like sofas by the window that your child can use as a ladder. There also shouldn’t be objects that your child could stack and climb or anything that he could throw to break the window.

Keep It Locked

The best way to make sure your child is always safe by windows is to ensure that you keep them locked whenever they are not in use. If your windows don’t already have locks in place, you can retrofit them or just invest in some baby-proofing products. You can also use window wedges to keep windows securely shut.

Use Window Guards

Keeping the window locked is a great way of keeping your children away from windows, but what happens if you want to open them? Some windows will actually come with a mechanism that lets you open them up a little bit and then wedge them firmly in place so they can’t be opened or closed any more, protecting your child’s hands. If your window doesn’t have these, you can buy a window guard of some sort to take care of the issue for you.