Safest Replacement Window Features for Homes With Children
If you have small children in your home, or are considering starting a family, ensuring window safety should be at the top of your to-do list.
Falls from windows, are much more common than most people realize. According to the Safe Kids Worldwide2015 Report more than 3,300 children a year are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital from falling out of a window. Even more tragically, about 8 kids under age 5 die each year due to falling out a window.
In many cases these falls are the result of older windows and screens that may not lock or operate properly. Checking every window in your home – and repairing or replacing them as necessary – is essential for any parent, grandparent or caregiver who ever has kids in their house.
• Replacement Windows to Remove Lead Paint
Many older windows were painted at one time or another with lead paint. Recently the National Institute of Health released research reporting the health risks to children and adults when fine-particle dust is released from routine opening and closing of windows painted with lead paint.
Children younger than 6 years old are especially at risk to lead poisoning, which can profoundly affect their mental and physical development.
Lead-based paint and dust from lead-contaminated paint is the most common sources of lead poisoning in children. And by some accounts, up to 90% pf lead poisoning cases from paint in children are caused by older windows.
The presence of lead paint is one very important reason to consider replacing your windows. However, it’s important to hire an experienced and licensed window installation company, who can mitigate any risks from your old window’s or wall’s lead based paint.
• Laminated Glass Replacement Windows for Child Safety
Laminated glass is a type of safety glass that holds together even when it is broken or shattered, and is available as an option on most of our replacement windows.
In addition to helping prevent cuts and injury from falls and accidents, laminated glass windows offer a variety of other safety benefits for children and adults.
Laminated glass windows provide significant protection from home invasion, because they much more difficult to break. Additionally, Laminated glass has been proven to perform very well in earthquakes by significantly reducing the potential of glass flying into the room or falling to the ground where it can cut bare feet.
Window Safety Tips from the National Safety Council Task Force:
- Keep windows closed and locked whenever young kids are present.
- Do not rely on screens alone to prevent a window fall.
- Avoid placing any furniture near windows that children can climb on.
- Never allow children to jump on beds or other furniture, especially near windows.
- Keep child’s play away from windows, balconies or patio doors.
- Teach children how to safely use windows in an emergency, such as a fire.
- Installing ASTM-approved limited-opening hardware will allow a window to open only a few inches
Best Huntington Beach Replacement Window Installers
No matter what your budget, Can-Do will come to your home and help you understand your window choices, and compare window options, to ensure you are getting the highest quality, most durable, beautiful and energy efficient windows for the price.
We have installed beautiful, new replacement windows in thousands of homes across the Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and South Bay area.
We can also assist you in obtaining easy financing, with no money down, so you can start enjoying your new windows (and lowering utility bills) right away.