A recent CPSC warning came across my desk that is worth passing on. Homeowners and apartment dwellers across the East are no doubt exploring every possible escape from the scorching heat, including the opening of every window in the home.

While creating a draft is a great way to cool the home or apartment, it can also pose serious danger to children.

Here are some window safety guidelines to follow:

  • Safeguard your children by using window guards or window stops.
  • Install window guards to prevent children from falling out of windows. (For windows on the 6th floor and below, install window guards that adults and older children can open easily in case of fire.)
  • Install window stops so that windows open no more than 4 inches.
  • Never depend on screens to keep children from falling out of windows.
  • Whenever possible, open windows from the top — not the bottom.
  • Keep furniture away from windows, to discourage children from climbing near windows.
  • Some jurisdictions require landlords to install guards. Check your local regulations.
  • Looking for some alternative ways to cool off until the cold front comes through? Check out these 10 Ways to Cool Your Home.

    Also take a look at this piece on Cooling Your Home Naturally.

    What are some ways you are beating the heat?

    Credit: CPSC