From re-arranging your living room to making sure your blinds and curtains are safe, take precautions to toddler-proof your windows
The biggest issue with household windows is the risk of your child falling from one, which is why it’s so important to take necessary safety measures.
They don’t have to be crazy expensive or time-consuming – it’s just about being aware of potential dangers and making clever tweaks around the house.
Be furniture smart
Even if it means moving that sofa or cabinet. Basically, you don’t want anything in front of a window that your child can climb on (we all know how curious toddlers are…) when it’s open.
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‘The main thing to focus on really is supervision, and making sure your child’s not left alone in a room with an open window,’ says Sheila Merrill, public health adviser for Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Get window restrictors
You know the ones – they fix to windows to stop them opening past a certain point and keep them in that position. That way you still get the fresh air, just without too large a gap.
Basically, you don’t want anything in front of a window that your child can climb on (we all know how curious toddlers are…) when it’s open
‘You can buy these for both open-out and sash windows on the high street (places like Argos and John Lewis sell them) and they’re particularly important for your child’s bedroom where he spends so much time,’ says Sheila.
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A major window safety issue that's been focused on a lot recently is blind cords – research shows 15 children have died as a result of being caught in cord loops since 2010.
‘All blinds should comply with new standards, which include things like a limitation on cord length, product instructions and additional safety devices such as any chain or connection breaking automatically if there’s undue pressure,’ says Sheila.
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‘We recommend blinds without a cord – or at least where it’s concealed – so perhaps a pull-down style or one where the slats are adjusted with a plastic wand. These are known as safe by design blinds.’
Think about those curtains in the living room, too. If they do have cords, get a safety cleat (those figure-of-eight things that attach to the wall) to wrap them up and out the way.
What safety steps have you taken with windows? Let us know on the comments board below.