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Participate in Window Safety Week: Part One

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

windowsParticipate in Window Safety Week, which is the second full week in April. With warmer temperatures arriving, it’s important to practice window safety – especially in homes with young children. Finding ways to make your windows safer and more secure will help you sleep easy at night and may make your windows last longer through the seasons. You should also clean your windows (including the runners) regularly so they remain safe from debris and mold. Here are a few tips on how to make your windows safer.

For little ones

You can install window safety locks to keep intruders out and wee ones in. This will make it easy to open the window a little to let some fresh air in without tempting children to climb up and possibly fall out. You can purchase window safety locks at any chain or hardware store and they are fairly inexpensive. They are also simple to install. Once you place the lock onto the runner where the window moves up and down and then you secure the bolt. It is simple and makes it virtually impossible for an intruder to undo the lock and children will be unable to reach it.

Properly installed

This may seem like a no brainer but there are plenty of windows that could use a little more work. If you have a window with a draft you cannot get rid of or mold forming around the edges you will want to thoroughly clean the window and then get to work fixing the problem. Unless you are a seasoned DIYer I suggest hiring a carpenter. They will be able to identify and fix the problem in an afternoon while you may take a day or more. A carpenter will also fix the issue the first time.

Security film

If you want a simple DIY project that is fairly inexpensive and easy to install you may want to get ballistic film. This allegedly makes your windows tougher to break so small children won’t crash through and burglars will be unable to bust through the glass to open the door. You can purchase the film online or at hardware stores and then you cut the pieces to match your windows and doors. From there you clean your windows thoroughly and gently press the film onto the window while smoothing it with your hand. After you have placed the film wash the windows once more to make the film appear invisible.

Sources: http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2012/02/06/ill-choose-safety-for-100-please/

https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/pretty-handy-girl-2382968/install-security-film-to-a-glass-door-protect-3301675323

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com