When it comes to your windows, safety is one of the things you should always keep in mind. Operable windows are designed to be used as a means of egress during an emergency, but doing so is not as simple as you may think. It’s important that you perform window safety checks every now and again.
In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Greater Philadelphia discusses the questions you should ask when performing a window safety check.
Has Your Family Decided on an Emergency Escape Plan?
Being prepared during an emergency is important, and that entails coming up with an emergency escape plan that everyone in the family understands. Always include two avenues of escape from the second floor and practice it every now and then. Install a ladder next to the windows if necessary and teach your children how to properly utilize it to avoid injury.
Do You Have to Keep The Windows Shut Around Children?
Children can be unruly at times, so for their safety, keep your replacement windows closed and locked when they’re around. If you have to open a window for ventilation, open a window that they cannot reach. You can also set rules about keeping them from playing near the windows.
Should You Place Furniture Near the Windows?
As much as possible, keep furniture away from the windows. While certain furniture can complement your window style, children can also use the furniture as climbing aids and may injure themselves.
Should You Implement Strategic Landscaping?
Windows on the second floor may be used for egress in the event of an emergency. In the event anyone in your household needs to take a leap from the window, strategic landscaping can help lessen the impact. Shrubs or grass under the window can cushion the fall and minimize the injury you may sustain.
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