Parents want to keep their children safe, and being aware of hazards in the home is an ongoing concern. When it comes to choosing replacement windows, the first thing that may come to mind regarding home safety is security. Buying a high-quality product with glass that will discourage thieves is an important feature that should be on your list when you are looking for this product.
Another way that windows can contribute to your home safety is by giving you and your family a quick means of escape if a fire breaks out in your home. The right windows have the potential to save lives in an emergency, and you need to shop for them carefully.
Your Replacement Windows and Home Safety in a Fire
Make a point of talking to your children about what to do if a fire starts in your home. Many young children lose their lives because they become frightened, hide, and cannot be found by firefighters. Explain that the firefighters’ oxygen mask, helmet, and gloves are for their safety, and they are not monsters coming for them.
Teach your children to think of at least two escape routes from your home and have a designated spot to meet after leaving the house. It could be across the street or at a neighbor’s home.
A window is a good way to escape from a room. You’ll want to make sure that your windows can be opened easily from the inside if an emergency occurs. Make sure that they are not blocked off by furniture or other objects. Your family members should be able to open the window and get out, if necessary, without having to use a key or a tool. Keep in mind that this will be a high-stress situation, so opening the window should not require any special knowledge or effort.
You’ll want to make sure that you have enough space so that all family members can slip through the window, if necessary. If the sash can be tilted, removed, or opened quickly, this would be your best bet.
To find replacement windows that fit this criteria and would increase your home safety, call us or visit our showroom anytime.