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5 STEPS TO SAFER WINDOWS IN YOUR HOME

Recent studies have shown that the number of injuries resulting from falls through windows has increased since 1990. This has become a major concern in homes across North America and has forced families to open their eyes to this problem. Often overlooked, these accidents are becoming more serious as 1 percent of these falls result in death. More importantly, if you have a small child at home, window safety is essential!

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The main question still remains, how can we prevent this from happening? Here are 5 steps to making sure your windows and family are safe:   1.    Keep Cribs/Beds/Couches Away from Windows  

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  This is a no-brainer. It is just not safe. As your children increase in age they become curious and enjoy the simple tasks of crawling and climbing. As a result we do not want them climbing up on the household items and falling out an open window.   2.    Install a Window Stop   A properly installed Window Stop will not allow a window to be opened wider than a pre-determined amount. This will help prevent a child, even if all precautions are taken, from falling out if the size is less than your child.   3.    …..Or a Window Guard   These are removable steel bars that will easily prevent a child from falling out of the window. The most popular is designed and created by Guardian Angel. Used in conjunction with a Window Stop is your best bet in terms of peace of mind and safety.   4.    Check/Cut your Cords  

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  First you must determine if your window coverings have cords or ties. There are different ways in which you can protect your children from these dangerous cords. If possible, keep these cords high and out of the reach from your children, or simply ensure they are tied down. Children see these cords as a toy to swing on and can be very dangerous. More strategic would be to cut these cords. This will not only prevent the “swinging” effect, but also prevent strangulation.   5.    Supervision  

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  No matter what, Supervision is the most important factor. The best remedy in all health situation is early detection. Ensure your child (especially in the younger ages) is always being watched and your home will be safer than ever.   Shade Works is proud to help cover your windows, but also educate the community about key issues surrounding windows. We are here every step of the way and always have your best interest in mind. For further information or to simply ask a question, do not hesitate to email us at help@shadeworks.ca! Have a great day!

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