Written by Fred Daues on November 6, 2017 in Vinyl Windows

Most accidents occur in the home and while you can’t prevent everything from happening, you want to ensure that your home is as safe as possible. You can imagine all sorts of things happening to your children, but windows pose a real threat. Serious injuries could occur if your child fell out an open window. Even screened windows are a threat. If you are getting new vinyl windows, it is a good time to child proof them as much as possible. Here are a few things you can do to make your vinyl windows as safe as possible in your St Louis, MO home.

Consider the Locks

You want the locks to be as childproof as possible so your children cannot open them when you are not present. If the locks are easy to click open, who knows when your child will slide the double-hung vinyl windows open and topple out.

Think about Window Guards

Window guards are grille-like protectors that can come along with windows of any size. They are recommended for homes that have babies and toddlers because they are hard to open for a child, but easy for adults to open if there is an emergency. You can consider them for windows the child can access and leave higher windows alone.

Monitor Screens

Window screens won’t keep a child from falling, but they are a good first line of defense. If a child hits a screen with enough force, they are likely going to fall through. But screens can prevent minor accidents from occurring.

Keep Blinds Safe

When you have vinyl windows, you might also have window blinds or other coverings of some sort. You need to ensure there aren’t cords hanging down that your child could play with or become entangled in. Get cordless shades for your new vinyl windows or consider interior shutters or other options.

Install Window Stops

If there are windows down low that are too tempting, you can control the opening size of your window. These window stops only allow the window to open a little so the child can’t possible fall out.

Have Talks

Once your child is old enough to understand some rules, have talks with them about why windows can be dangerous. Make sure the windows are clear from furniuture, which is an invitation for a child to climb and look out. Try not to leave children unattended around windows they can access.

At Masonry & Glass Systems, we want your vinyl windows to do a number of things for your home, but safety is of the highest priority, especially when children are involved. Stop by our showroom at 1503 S Kingshighway Blvd St Louis, MO 63110 and take a look at the vinyl windows St Louis, MO we offer. We’d be happy to recommend safety Restorations to make your home as safe as possible with your new vinyl windows. You can also give us a call at (314) 535-6515 to ask questions about vinyl windows.