Window Locks and Stops

Apr 04, 2022

Window Safety: Window Locks & Stops Save Lives

Easy-to-use features like window stops and locks let you enjoy your windows and provide peace of mind.

The arrival of spring weather marks the perfect time of year to open your windows and let the fresh air in after a long winter. That also makes it the best time of year to talk about window safety, which the National Safety Council (NSC) instituted in 1997 and observes annually during the first full week of April 

Window lock for window safety

According to the NSC, more than 3,300 children are injured every year from falling out of windows, and sadly an average of eight children under age 5 die from their injuries. The NSC developed the Window Safety Task Force to bring awareness to these highly preventable statistics. Even if you don’t have young children at home, window safety is an essential practice that all homeowners should keep in mind. Keep Reading for window safety tips you can start using today. 

Window Locks Keep Windows Closed

Every type of operable replacement window should come equipped with a window lock that secures the sash inside the frame. (If your windows don’t have locks, it’s probably time to replace them. Take our quiz to find out.) On a double-hung or slider window, this lock is usually placed on the rail in the center of the window. Other window types including casement, awning, and hopper windows have locks placed along the window frame 

Any time your windows are closed, it’s a good idea to engage the window locks. This is the easiest way to protect young children from window dangers, and offers the added deterrent to potential thieves who will not be able to open a locked window from outside the home  

Window Latches and Window stops

Window Stops Add Safety for Open Windows

Most homes have double-hung windows, which feature a hidden safety benefit built right into the window’s top sash. These pop-out window safety stops let you to open either the top or bottom sash just a few inches, allowing for ventilation without the risk of someone or something falling through the window. Take a look at the video at right to see how to use your window stops.  

For added protection, consider opening the top sash only. This is usually out of a child’s reach, and also helps eliminate the opportunity for pinched fingers when closing windows.

Check Window Latches after Cleaning

Window latches are another important window safety feature. On tilt-in double-hung windows, you’ll find the tilt latches on either side of the sash’s top rail. This quick video shows how to use the latches to release your window sashes for cleaning. When you finish cleaning your windows, always ensure the window latches snap back into place so the sash stays properly seated in the frame. Window sashes are heavy, and unsecured latches mean the sash could fall forward and cause injury. 

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Window Safety Tips at Home

In addition to locking your windows, checking the latches, and using safety stops to help prevent dangerous window situations, the NSC offers these tips for window safety at home: 

  • Window screens are NOT a safety feature and should NEVER be used as a fall prevention device.  
  • In homes with young children, opt for using windows that are out of the child’s reach. 
  • Supervise children in rooms with open windows, and move play areas away from windows. 
  • Avoid placing furniture near windows, and  

The NSC also recognizes that windows could be your family’s lifeline in an emergency. Follow these Dos and Don’ts to ensure your windows are a safe way to escape your home in a fire or other situation, and don’t present a fire hazard on their own. 

Window safety stops

As a window replacement company, Improveit that knows the value of our Performax54 windows is as much in their safety and reliability as it is in their energy efficiency. If your windows are broken, difficult to operate, don’t offer the safety features mentioned here, or have safety features that don’t work properly, please reach out for a free consultation. Improveit will be honored to help create a safer home for you and your family!   

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