Buying a home for the first time is one of the most exciting milestones many people go through. One of the other most exciting milestones there is involves remodeling that home to get the exact vision you wanted when you moved in.
There are a lot of factors to keep in mind with a remodel, however. You want to ensure everything is up to code. More importantly, you want to make sure everything is safe. This is especially true if you have pets or young kids in the household.
There are no exceptions when it comes to window replacements during your remodel. Read on as we uncover how you can replace your windows while keeping safety in mind.
Preventing Safety Hazards with Simple Precautions
While some of these may seem really apparent, it’s easy to forget when doing a home remodel. Keep these factors in mind when having new windows installed.
- Make sure that the windows can adequately close all the way and have locks installed on them. Even heavy windows can be pushed open by curious kids or pets.
- Consider having a safety feature put in so your windows only open about four inches or less. This will prevent kiddos and pets from squeezing through if they happen to climb on a piece of furniture beneath a window.
- Consider installing windows that open at the top instead of the bottom or the side. This way, small children have less ability to access them and pets can access them at all!
- Don’t rely on screens. Screens are great for keeping bugs, dust, and allergens out of your home, but shouldn’t be your first line of defense for keeping kids and pets in your home.
- Have window safety devices and child protection installed on the windows—even the ones on the first floor should have these.
- If possible, move furniture away from windows to restrict access to those windows.
- Do not paint or nail your windows shut. While this might seem like a good idea to prevent small children or pets from ever opening them, but you want to keep in mind that windows also serve a safety purpose—they provide an escape route if there is a fire emergency or some other type of emergency where your front or back door may be inaccessible.
- Be sure you have window guards with release mechanisms for the above-mentioned reason as well.
You can find even more window safety tips on the National Safety Council’s website, where many of the above tips are from.
How New Windows Serve Your Safety
We mentioned above how windows provide an escape route should you have a fire or some other indoor emergency. But this isn’t the only way that windows actually serve you safety-wise.
Today’s windows are made so that if they shatter, the tempered glass they’re made with sticks together and don’t break off into shards that can cut someone. Today’s stronger window panes also provide a safety benefit—they prevent intruders from gaining access to your home. Nobody wants to think about this, but it’s important to consider the security of your home. You’ll have better peace of mind.