Conducting safety checks regularly can help ensure your family’s safety during emergencies. Your windows need to be a part of your safety inspection routine. In today’s post, Renewal by Andersen® of Denver shares the question you should include in your window safety inspections.
Do We Have an Emergency Fire Escape Plan?
Building codes in most regions require egress windows in every bedroom. You and your family should know how to use these windows in case of an emergency. Make it a point to identify at least two avenues of escape in every room, as well as a designated meeting place outside the house. Your kids should be aware of how to use egress windows in their rooms safely.
Do I Close the Windows When I Leave the Children Unsupervised?
Bedroom windows should always be closed when you’re leaving children unsupervised in order to prevent accidents. This is why double-hung windows are great for bedrooms. They’re simple enough to use as egress windows, but not too simple that any toddler can simply push them open. You can also open its upper sash for ventilation. As an additional measure, set and enforce rules with your kids regarding playing near windows.
Did I Paint Over My Windows or Nail Them Shut?
People paint over their windows because of privacy concerns, or perhaps because it lets in too much sunlight for comfort. Sometimes windows get nailed shut because the sashes won’t stay in place. It’s never a good idea to do either to your windows, particularly if they’re egress windows. If you have any such windows on your home, consider buying replacement windows with quality hardware and glass with Low E coatings. They help ensure easy operation, and help block heat from the sun, respectively.
Do I Have Air Conditioners Mounted on Egress Windows?
Mounting an air conditioner on an egress window is a common mistake among DIYers and unlicensed HVAC installers. If you’ve been working with a professional HVAC technician, they would recommend alternatives such as extending the existing air ducts, or choosing a mini-split AC, which can be mounted on the wall above the window and won’t have to block the window when mounted. If your AC is already blocking an egress window, ask your HVAC technician for options on how to correct it.