Windows are the source of the beautiful, natural light that makes your home warm and inviting. However, because windows are the gateway between the interior of your home and the outside world, it’s important to make sure they’re giving you the security you need:
When your children are very young, be sure to keep furniture and anything they can climb away from your windows. As your children begin to explore on their own, make sure they understand that windows are never for leaning against, climbing out of, or opening without adult supervision, especially on the second floor. If you decide to open your windows to allow fresh air in, don’t open any windows young children can access. If you have Simonton windows, use the ventilation function that allows windows to be opened slightly for fresh air without actually being unlocked.
Your windows may be your best escape route during a fire. Practice fire drills with your family in which you let older kids practice opening windows. Be sure to keep chain ladders in all of your bedrooms that can be hung from your windows in the event of a fire.
The right windows can help protect your family from break-ins. Tempered safety glass windows consist of two layers of glass with plastic in-between. When the glass gets hit, the outer layer may shatter, but the glass shards will stick to the plastic. The plastic layer is difficult to puncture, so breaking in is more difficult. Tempered glass can also protect your home from flying objects during storms, as the durability of the glass can stand up to the elements.
Different families have different window needs, and at California Glass & Window, we’re here to ensure that all of our clients get just the right ones. We offer a long list of secure window options from Simonton and Milgard as well as vinyl window replacement options. Get information about our complete selection by calling (714) 434-8650.