Toddlers are great characters who can make you laugh, smile, and scowl all with just a quick word, then make you cackle again with a cheeky grin.
They’re also incredibly good at breaking things, attempting to run after everything they want, and generally causing mayhem.
As a result, thousands of children seriously hurt themselves by falling out of windows every year, which is why parents need to be vigilant and work to ensure their child is safe.
It’s impossible to remove all the windows from your home, and it’s equally impossible to spend every second of every day watching your child. As such, you need to consider preventative measures to ensure that your home is as safe as it can be.
At Muhler, our team understands that homeowners need windows to enjoy light, airy spaces, but also that they want to keep their kids safe.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of 7 practical tips to help you make your windows toddler-proof and ensure that they’re safe and happy, no matter where they are in your home.
Get Impact Proof Windows
Children can fall through windows because they simply run headlong into them, which is why you should try to get shatter or impact-proof windows wherever possible. As one of Charleston, South Carolina’s leading providers of impact windows and storm proof solutions, we can advise you on how we can keep you and your family, safe, whether there’s a storm or just a cranky kid on the loose!
Make Sure Your Windows Can Be Locked
One of the most effective ways to stop your toddler from opening a window and clambering out is to lock them simply. You can then take the key away and let your child play, safe in the knowledge that they won’t be able to open your windows and make mischief. If your windows are old, and the lock is stiff or doesn’t work, then we can support you in finding replacement windows that will look great on your property and keep its inhabitants from causing trouble!
Fit Window Stops
Kids love to open windows, which is window stops are a great solution to stop them from tumbling out. They restrict the window from opening past a certain point, allowing you to ventilate your room, or satisfy the curiosity of your toddler, without posing any risk that they might fall. Window stops can be used on a variety of different types of windows. If you’re not sure if these devices are right for your home, then one of our experienced team can talk you through them and explore the options you have.
Avoid Blinds And Curtains With Cords
Kids love putting things in their mouths or wrapping themselves up in them, which is why blind and curtain cords are potentially deadly hazards. Children can strangle themselves with them, or choke on the small plastic pieces that come as part of the cords. To avoid this, consider replacing your blinds and curtains with shutters. Our extensive range of Bahama Shutters offers not only storm protection, but also privacy. As they’re attached to the outside of your home, they’ll be no chance that your child can hurt themselves by playing with them. This means that you won’t have to choose between privacy and safety when you’re considering window coverings.
Remove The Handle On Crank Windows
Crank windows are popular with homeowners because they’re incredibly easy to use. All you have to do is turn the handle, and they’re either open or closed. Which is great, except that your toddler can do that too. They’ll probably think it’s a fun game! If you like your crank windows but want to keep your curious toddler safe, then simply take the crank handle off to ensure that they can’t open them. Remember where you put it so that you can reattach it the next time you want to open your windows and let in some fresh air.
Don’t Forget Your Doors
When focusing on keeping your child from falling out of a window, it’s easy to forget the doors in your home. If these are made of glass, then they could fall through in the same way they would a window or smash them and cut themselves. They could also open them, then wander off and end up getting lost and scared. Make sure that you keep your doors shut and securely locked when your toddler is unsupervised around them. If the doors are left open, make sure that you have created a safe space for your child to play in your garden, or that you have a toddler guard across the bottom of the door to prevent them from leaving. If your doors don’t shut and lock properly, then speak to one of our window specialists, who will be happy to discuss replacing them and ensuring the safety of your loved ones.
Replace Broken Windows Quickly
Toddlers need to be kept safe from windows when they’re intact, but also when they’re broken. From storms to rogue toys and more, there are many reasons why a window might get broken. If a window is broken in your home, get in touch with our team, who will quickly send an assessor to review the damage, and have your window fixed. In the meantime, make sure that you keep your child away as you sweep up the broken glass, and place a barrier in front of the gap that the broken window has left so that your child can’t escape through it.
Keeping toddlers safe around windows is a key concern for most parents. If you’re a homeowner with a toddler, or you just want to find out more about our range of services, then call 843.572.9727 or contact us. One of our experts will be more than happy to discuss your needs and help you find the windows, doors, shutters, or even a sunroom that suits them. The result will be a safe, comfortable home you can feel proud of.