Whether you’re building a new home or renovating a cherished older home,
there’s a lot to think about. What are the best types of windows to have in a
home with small children? How often should family fire drills be held? What
type of glass should you have in windows to help prevent noise penetration
and discourage intruders? Some of the most important tips are included
Practice home safety drills regularly. Small children tend to “hide” from fire, so make sure children are familiar with escape routes and know how to
move quickly out of the home.
For homes with bedrooms on second floors or higher, make sure safety
escape chain ladders are under the bed in every room. Practice operating
the window with older children and show them how to install chain
ladders. (Keeping your windows clean will help them open and operate
Keep furniture (including cribs), or anything children can climb, away from windows.
If you live in an area prone to active children or potential crime, order windows and doors with laminated glass—at least for the first floor of the home. Two panes of glass are adhered to a durable plastic interlayer, much like a car windshield. So, if a stray baseball hits a window, the glass will shatter, but broken pieces remain adhered to the interlayer, preventing glass fallout inside the home. The plastic interlayer is also puncture-resistant, frustrating potential intruders.
Don’t lean against window screens. They are designed only to keep insects
outside – they will not support the weight of a child or family pet.
Looking to protect your home from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays? Request
Low E glass in your windows to reduce fading of carpets, furniture and
window treatments due to the sun’s harsh rays.
When windows are opened for ventilation, only open windows that young
children cannot reach. Simonton offers ventilation locks that allow the window to be partially opened for fresh air while remaining securely locked.
Opening second floor windows can present a greater risk to children and
pets. In these areas of the home, consider Simonton Double Hung windows, which have top sash that open down while the bottom sash(closest to the floor) remain closed.
Before ordering replacement windows, make sure to examine the unit’s
locking system and operations. Multi-point locks provide more protection
against intruders and make it more difficult for curious young children to
If you need to use window guards on the interior of your windows, make
sure they are operable and can be easily removed. Practice detaching the
guards with children in case they need to exit through a window in an