The National Safety Council (NSC) ranks windows as one of the top five hidden hazards in your home. Whether you have traditional double-hung windows or modern casement windows, it’s always important to put safety at the top of your priority list during home improvement projects.
Unfortunately, not many homeowners are aware of the risks that improper use of windows can pose. That’s why our experts at Renewal by Andersen® of Louisville/Lexington recommend asking your contractor the following safety questions before installing any replacement windows.
Operability and Safety
Different styles of windows open and close in different ways. In double-hung windows, the sashes often pull up and down to operate while sliding or gliding windows open from left to right or vice versa. Windows that open often carry with it the risk of falling, especially in small children. Ask our design consultants about installing safety grilles on high-level windows to minimize this risk as well as increase the security of your home.
Fire Egress Requirements
Building codes vary from one local area to another, but they usually dictate that bedrooms must have an egress window. These windows must be large enough to serve as an exit point in case of emergencies like home fires. Always ask your local window installer about proper sizing of replacement windows for use in different parts of your home.
Additional Safety Features
Don’t hesitate to talk to your window installation contractor about the many customization options available for Renewal by Andersen® replacement windows. These include child-proof window latches, operable security grilles, and other extra features that can improve the safety and security of both your homes and your windows.At Renewal by Andersen® of Louisville/Lexington, we are your leading provider of SERVICES. Give us a call at (502) 716-7264 (Louisville), (859) 629-4649 (Lexington), or fill out our contact form to request a service visit or schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation today. We also provide free estimates for replacement windows, patio doors, and other related products.