Security bars for children

Characteristics of window protectors

Window protectors look like safety bars, but can not be used interchangeably. Most window protections are made of aluminum or steel, but the bars must be no more than 4 inches 10.16 cm) apart so that the child can not slip between them. The bars are removable and come in sizes that fit the crank windows and guillotine windows. Unlike the safety bars, the window guards have an unlocking mechanism that allows you to escape in case of fire or other emergency that requires you to leave your house quickly. Window protectors have the capacity to withstand 150 pounds (67.95 kg) of pressure, according to the Boston Public Health Commission.

Installation

It is important to follow the instructions of the window protectors you buy to make sure they work properly. If they are installed incorrectly, they may give in to pressure or fall and put your child at risk. In general, a window protector goes in front of the screen. Screw the side bars on each end of the window frame. Insert and secure the bar piece into the corresponding holes in the side panels. Make sure the bars are firmly in place and will not fall off. To remove the bars, press the release button and pull outwards. For crank windows, you can install the sidebars at the top and bottom of the window and place the bars vertically.

Possible injuries without window protector

The installation of window protectors helps prevent a series of injuries, and parents who are aware of this may be more motivated to use security grills in their homes. Some parents make the mistake of assuming that the glass screen would stop the fall, but in many cases there was a screen in place when the fall occurred. Falling from a window can lead to bone fractures, concussions, bruises, and hemorrhages. Your child may also suffer internal injuries that require surgery. Even in low falls, your child will probably have cuts, scrapes or stitches. Falls several stories high can cause death by impact or due to injuries sustained by the fall.

Tips

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends putting bars on all windows that are higher than 12 feet (3.65 meters). Test the bars often to make sure the screws have not come loose. If the security grid seems loose or gives way when pressure is applied, tighten the screws or install a new one. But do not allow security bars to replace proper supervision, as some children may find a way to release the bars or do so by mistake. To prevent children from tampering with the security bars, do not place furniture under the window where they could be raised. Some states, such as New York, require security grills in homes with children under 10 years of age. Check local laws.