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Are patio and window child locks really necessary in your home?

November 07, 2016

Many parents never think about installing window child locks on the windows or patios in their home. But there are thousands of incidents every year where children push through screens and fall down to the ground. Or in some cases opening patio doors can lead to main road access with fast cars. One of the easiest ways to avoid this accident is to ensure that no furniture is every placed closed to windows. And some kind of lock is installed.

This can be a fatal injury. There are many kinds of locks for windows. Window safety locks insert into the tracks so that the windows cannot be opened past a certain point. This certain point will be too small for your child to fit into but will still allow you to get air should you decide to open your windows.

There are also window locks that fit on the overlapping gap of two doors or windows and are slim enough that a window, door or even a closet door can slide over it.

Warning about window child locks

Your family should have a fire escape plan in case they are trapped in their bedroom. You need to consider that there may come a time when a window escape may be necessary. Use window locks that you can easily dismantle in a hurry should the need arise.

Another thing to consider is that if you put window childproofing locks on just your child’s room, or every room in the house. Using window alarms is not the same as a lock, but it will notify you if any window in your home is opened immediately. A very good thing to install as well.

To make life easy, we at Sure Basics have a plastic baby safety sliding door lock, meant for patios, windows and closets. It only works on sliding mechanisms, and if you install them high enough where a child can’t reach, they do the job wonderfully. But again, supervising your child with your own eyes is critical, and no lock can take its place.