Sash windows can add character to your home and are chosen by many due to their elegant appearance, but one main concern many people have is the safety aspect. If you have your sash windows fitted at a height, the fact that they can open up wider than standard windows can put young children at risk if you do not take precautions. If sash window safety is a worry for you, there are a number of ways you can make them a lot more secure, avoiding the risk of your child falling through an open window. Sash window restrictors are the most effective way to prevent anything like this happening in your home, and this low-cost solution can also add an extra layer of window security to put your mind at ease.
How can you make your sash windows safer?
Sash window safety restrictors
Even if your sash window is not wide open, children can find a way to open it wider and put themselves at risk without even knowing it. A simple way to stop this is by fitting sash window safety restrictors or window catches. These small bolts sit on the side of the upper part of your sash window and limit it from being lifted any higher. You can adjust these restrictors using a key and keeping them out of the reach of a young child means there is no risk of accidents occurring.
Double hung sash windows
This slightly different design to original sash windows is another way to reduce the risk of any accidents happening in your home. Double hung sash windows allows both sashes within the frame to move, meaning you can open the top window slightly to allow fresh air into your home. The fact that the opening is at the top of your window will mean it won’t be reachable for your children, although it is still important to keep a close eye on them when playing near your windows.
If these safety precautions don’t go far enough, you can fit safety guards as another step to making your sash windows childproof. These act as a barrier much like a stair gate in that it can be opened if necessary, but it will prevent children from putting themselves at risk. With various designs available, you will be able to find something that is suitable whether you have sash or casement windows.
What other sash window safety precautions can you take?
In order to keep your sash windows safe at all times, you can take a few additional precautions. If you have restrictors or safety guards fitted, check these regularly so that you can be sure they are still functioning correctly. You should also avoid placing any furniture nearby to your windows, which would make it easier for a child to climb up and put themselves in a dangerous situation.
Putting in place any of these precautions can drastically reduce the risk of your child having an accident as a result of your sash windows being open, but if your windows are damaged and in need of replacement or repair, our team at Home Counties Joinery can help. We offer double glazed sash windows as standard for our customers, so you can be sure your home will be well insulated and secure. To speak to our team, call us on 01279 967 444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with all the information you need.