8 Tips for Childproofing Your Windows and Doors

Family Windows & Doors understands that your home is a place where your children should feel safe and protected, but windows and doors can sometimes pose hidden dangers for little ones.

That’s why we want to talk to you about window and door safety – because a little awareness and preventative action can make a world of difference.

In this guide, we’ll share tips to keep your children safe around windows and doors. This isn’t about scaring you, it’s about empowering you with the knowledge to make your home as secure as possible.

Understanding the Risks for Children Regarding Windows and Doors

It’s easy to take windows and doors for granted, but it’s important to remember the potential dangers:

  • Falls from Windows: Young children are naturally curious and may climb towards open or unlocked windows. Sadly, falls from windows are a leading cause of injuries in children, particularly those under the age of five.
  • Injuries from Glass: Broken glass from a window or door can lead to serious cuts or lacerations, even if a child doesn’t fall through the opening.
  • Entrapment and Doors: Little fingers can easily be pinched in closing doors. A child might also accidentally lock themselves inside a room or even wander outside if doors are not properly secured.

We’ll share ways to address all these risks, but first, let’s explore the many ways in which you can make your windows and doors safer.

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Window Safety Tips

Windows serve as both functional openings and aesthetic features in our homes, but they also pose potential hazards, especially for children. We’ll delve into important window safety tips designed to keep your family safe in your home.

From preventing falls to minimizing risks of entrapment and ensuring proper ventilation, we’ll explore practical measures and expert advice to safeguard your loved ones while enjoying the beauty and functionality of your windows.

Locks and Guards

Installing window locks and guards is the single most important thing you can do for window safety, especially in kids’ rooms and on any upper levels of your home. But don’t just reach for any lock!

Here’s what to consider:

  • Window Guards: These are more than just a fancy screen. Look for sturdy metal guards that are securely mounted to the window frame. They should have bars spaced closely enough to prevent a child from squeezing through and include a quick-release mechanism for adults in case of emergencies.
  • Window Stops: Ideal for those times you want fresh air. Window stops let you open the window just a few inches, limiting how far it can open and reducing the chance of a fall.
  • Keyed Locks: These are a simple-but-effective solution. Remember, if the keys are easily accessible, it might defeat the purpose for older, more resourceful kids.

Window Openings

Even with the best locks, it’s wise to be mindful of how you use your windows:

  • Ventilation Position: If your windows have the option, always open them from the top if kids are around. That way, a little one can’t reach out of a bottom opening.
  • Four-Inch Rule: Many safety experts recommend never opening a window more than four inches if young children are present. That’s roughly the width of a child’s head—a good reminder of how small an opening they can fit through.

Furniture Placement

Little ones see the world differently. That cute dresser under the window? To them, it’s a stairway to adventure! The best way to keep them safe is to prevent them from getting a leg up in the first place.

Move beds, chairs, toy chests—anything that could act like a ladder—away from windows.

Glass Safety

We talk a lot about falls, and for good reason, but let’s be honest—kids get rambunctious. A ball thrown indoors, a stumble, or just playful roughhousing can lead to broken glass.

Here’s how to be prepared:

  • Stronger Glass: If you’re due for window replacements, ask us about tempered or laminated glass options. These are way tougher than your regular windowpane. Tempered glass breaks into less dangerous pieces, and laminated glass has a special layer to prevent shattering.
  • Window Film: This is a great, budget-friendly way to upgrade your existing windows. Window film is like a tough sticker that goes over the glass and helps hold it together, even if it breaks. This can make a huge difference in preventing nasty cuts.

Got questions about making your windows safer? We’re here to help! We love talking about ways to create a safer home environment for your family.

Door Safety Tips

Your doors are not just entryways to your home; they’re also crucial components of safety and security for your family, particularly for young children. We’ll outline key door safety tips for all types of homes.

From preventing finger pinches to securing against intruders and ensuring smooth operation, we’ll provide practical advice and effective solutions to help you create a secure environment while maintaining convenience and accessibility throughout your home.

Secure Sliding Doors

Sliding glass doors are wonderful for enjoying the view, but they can be easy for little hands to open. Here’s how to make them safer:

  • Secondary Locks: Many sliding doors have a basic latch that’s just not enough to keep a determined toddler out. Installing a sturdy bar or a keyed secondary lock at the top or bottom of the door adds extra security.
  • Foot Bolts: These offer another simple line of defense. A foot bolt mounted high on the frame lets you lock your sliding door in place so it can’t be moved.

Child-Proof Locks and Knob Covers

Think about all the places you don’t want your little one exploring alone—the garage, basement, maybe even outside. Here’s how to prevent those spaces from becoming tempting:

  • Child-Proof Levers: These handy devices slip over existing doorknobs, making them too difficult for small hands to turn.
  • Knob Covers: These basically turn the knob into a slippery ball, stopping those little hands from getting a good grip.

Finger-Pinch Guards

A swinging door closing on tiny fingers is enough to make any parent cringe. Finger-pinch guards are an investment in peace of mind:

  • Foam Guards: These inexpensive little strips cushion the door frame, preventing it from closing completely.
  • Hinge Guards: These cover the hinge side of the door, which is the danger zone for little fingers.

Visibility Enhancements

Sometimes accidents happen because kids just don’t see a glass door. Here’s how to make those doors more obvious:

  • Decals: Eye-catching stickers or colorful decals placed at a child’s eye level can make a big difference.
  • Frosted Glass: If you’re replacing or upgrading doors, frosted or patterned glass options break up that transparent surface, making it more obvious.

Educational Tips for Families for Securing Your Windows and Doors

Don’t just tell kids what not to do, explain the “why” behind safety rules for windows and doors. Use simple, age-appropriate language to discuss potential dangers like falling out of a window or getting fingers hurt in a door.

Of course, make sure young children aren’t left unsupervised near windows or doors. Set clear rules—maybe certain windows are always off-limits, or there’s no playing by the back door.

Emergency Preparedness

Unfortunately, emergencies do happen. Designate safe fire exits for your windows and doors, as well as other emergencies, ensuring they’re easy for adults to open. Practice escape drills with your children so they know what to do in a real situation.

It’s also crucial to keep hallways and areas leading to emergency exits clear of furniture and clutter. Teach kids that these spaces need to be obstacle-free so everyone can get out quickly and safely.

Family Windows and Doors is Your Partner for Beautiful and Safe Windows and Doors

We know that as a parent, your child’s safety is your top priority. By taking some simple precautions and making small changes around your home, you’ll gain enormous peace of mind.

Contact Family Windows & Doors for more information on child-safe solutions for your windows and doors. We can even schedule a home safety assessment and walk you through all the ways to protect your most precious assets—your children.