Poorly maintained and unsecured doors and windows can present very serious safety hazards for both small children and those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or otherwise impaired.
Poorly maintained and unsecured doors and windows can present very serious safety hazards for both small children and those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or otherwise impaired. Follow these simple steps in order to better protect your family and augment the overall level of safety of your home.
If you have a child or a relative with Alzheimer’s then you certainly appreciate the dangers of unsecured doors and windows. Poorly maintained doors and windows can pose an even greater danger, especially when it comes to small children. Making sure that all of your doors and windows in your home are secured and properly functioning will go a long way towards enhancing the overall safety and security of your family.
Securing your doors and windows does not require a full home renovation and can be done fairly easily and painlessly. Just take the following steps:
- Keep Your Doors And Windows LockedFirst of all, you should keep your doors and windows locked for the most basic of reasons; this really requires no explanation. In the event that you have exterior doors or windows that have not yet been fitted with locks then I highly suggest that you contact a local locksmith and have them do that immediately.
- Periodically Lubricate Your Windows And DoorsIt is important to lubricate the hinges on your doors as well as the hinges and sashes of your windows. Lubrication will not only help your doors and windows function better but will also help to maintain them. I don’t think that I need to tell you about the dangers of jammed doors or windows in the event of an emergency.
- Purchase Door And Window GuardsFor parents of small children, door and window guards are absolute necessities. Door guards are installed at the top of the door so that children will not be able to reach them. Door guards allow children to open the doors; but just a crack. Window guards work along the same principle and allow children to open the window only a couple of inches.
- Move Furniture Away From The WindowsThere is no way around it, small children love to climb. Leaving furniture that children can climb on top of near a window is, in my opinion, courting disaster.
- Avoid Using Blinds With Strings Or CordsThe chords found on many blinds and window curtains pose a choking hazard for children. This doesn’t mean that you have to keep your windows uncovered and live your life for the whole world to see. There are a wide array of cordless curtains and shades that will help protect your privacy and keep your kids safe.