Every year, more than 4,000 children under the age of 15 injure themselves falling from windows, according to new research from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA).
The study showed that these incidents occur much more often in summer, when windows are most likely to be left open for the heat.
Whilst the majority of these children come away with non-life threatening injuries, the number is still high enough for us to see that something needs to be done about this.
Child safe window options
If you have young children at home, or plan to in the future, we always recommend that you specify child restrictors before your window installation.
These allow your window to open enough for easy ventilation, but limit how far they will go. That means you can rest easy knowing your bundle of joy will be safe inside your home.
In newer style casement windows, you will also have the option of restricting the hinge, or limiting how far a vertical opening window will lift.
Or, you could speak to your installer about having cable restrictors fitted onto your existing windows. This is usually a good option if you have recently moved to a new home or have had new windows fitted without any kind of child restrictors.
Protection for vulnerable adults
When it comes to window safety, it is not only children that need to be considered. The Health and Safety Executive recently reported the upsetting news that the number of vulnerable adults falling from windows has increased.
This can be caused by simple confusion, as a result of dementia, alcohol, or drug abuse, or an in an attempt to purposely harm themselves. In homes with vulnerable adults, appropriate restrictions should be placed on any window large enough for someone to fit through.
In hospitals in particular, building regulators will demand care and social care providers restrict their larger windows to opening by no more than 100mm. These restrictors can then only be disengaged by special keys held by members of staff.
Similar regulations are usually placed on ‘public’ spaces like hotels to prevent accidents and injury.
Works both ways
If no one is able to fall out of the window, it also means no one is able to come in through it either. Of course, you should never leave your windows open when you are out of the house if possible. These restrictors can, given the right pressure, be forced open.
But, they still do provide an additional layer of protection for your home, and for your family.
If you are having new windows fitted, speak to the Double Glazing Prices team about restrictors and child window safety on…