Window Safety

Window Safety And Best Practices

Even the most secure windows can become a safety hazard if you and your family aren’t careful. It’s important to keep these window safety tips in mind at all times. We’ve compiled a simple list of dos and don’ts that are sure to keep your family healthy, happy, and safe.

  • Close and lock windows
  • Position beds and other furniture away from windows
  • Keep blinds, cords, and drapes out of children’s reach
  • Consider installing window opening control devices or window guards
  • Keep patio doors, storm doors, and entrance doors locked
  • Consider window placement when landscaping your home and plant shrubs under windows
  • Develop a family escape plan in case of fire
  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on a regular basis to make sure they are in working condition
  • Leave young children unsupervised
  • Depend on insect screens to keep children from falling out of windows
  • Apply energy-efficient films and coverings to windows designated in your family emergency plan as escape or rescue windows
  • Paint, nail, or weatherstrip windows shut
  • Forget about window and door safety when making repairs to the interior or exterior of your home

How To Prevent Out-Of-Window Falls

Out of Reach

If you need ventilation or want fresh air, open windows that children can’t reach. Children can quickly climb to window ledges or sills and fall.

Screen Safety

Do not rely on insect screens to prevent falls. They are designed to keep insects out of your home and they aren’t sturdy enough to withstand the weight of a person, no matter how small.

Limit Openings

Consider installing window opening control devices or window guards that comply with local building codes. When properly installed, these devices will limit the window sash to less than a four-inch opening. These devices have easy-release mechanisms that allow the window to fully open for an emergency escape or rescue.

Look Outside

Plant shrubs and soft edging like wood chips or grass beneath windows to provide a cushion in the event of a fall. A softer surface can greatly affect the degree of the injury sustained from a fall.

Richmond Window is among the leading full-service window replacement companies

“I highly recommend Richmond Window for your next window and door project. We are extremely pleased with our Renewal by Andersen windows which were installed flawlessly with every detail addressed. From the awesome sales experience to the exceptional installation, everything was done professionally and skillfully. Richmond Window was not satisfied until we were satisfied. I can’t say enough about the great job they did.”

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“We just had three 23-year-old failed sliders replaced. We have used Renewal by Andersen for a previous home and found the product superior. The Install Team Customer Service was exemplary. Everyone at Renewal by Andersen is on the same team and that team is all about exceeding our expectations as customers. The installers were impressive, knowledgeable, and assured the product install was perfect. We hope to use this Renewal by Andersen team for window replacements in the next year. Job well done, Ricky and Team!”

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“Very nice windows. The entire process from sales through installation was clearly explained. Each person we encountered was pleasant and very willing to listen and explain any questions. The installers were careful, considerate, quick and cleaned up well.”

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“My installers were great! They were very neat and tidy, not leaving any mess at all. Friendly, courteous and I could tell that they loved their jobs! My Design Consultant is also great. He checked with me numerous times throughout the process and was always prompt in responding to questions. I love my new windows and doors! (I can’t wait to see my electric bill go down either!)”

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“I had a fantastic experience. From the beginning to the end. Professional and knowledgeable. I have historic windows and needed to receive permission from the local commission. the team at the company helped me with preparing and presenting at the meeting. The installations were seamless. The crew were professional and kind. Cleaned up after the work.”

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