The windows and doors of a home are much more than just a point of entrance and a portal to let in the sunshine and summer breeze, in the case of an emergency they are also a means of escape or rescue. It is important for homeowners to view their doors and windows in this way so that if an emergency occurs, they can use their doors and even windows as an escape route. It is recommended that families devise a plan of escape in case of an emergency such as a fire and consider these tips for making doors and windows especially a safer means of escape.
- Planting shrubs or laying wood chips under a window can help break a fall if the window is needed as an escape route.
- Windows and doors should always be locked in households with small children.
- For ventilation, open windows that are out of the reach of children.
- Keeping beds and other furniture away from windows will not only help prevent children from climbing through them, but also keep the area clear if the window is needed for an escape.
- Window and door treatments with cords such as blinds and drapes should be kept out of the reach of children.
- Do not ever paint, nail, or weather strip a window shut in case it is needed to escape an emergency.
In addition to following these safety tips concerning windows, homeowners should also have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to warn their families of any danger. These pre-cautions along with a well devised escape plan will help families safely avoid emergencies by getting themselves out of danger by using their doors and windows.