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September 4, 2006 10:44 PM Subscribe
How can I make a highrise safe for my child?
posted by acoutu to home & garden (9 answers total)
We're going to be moving to an apartment on the 12th storey of a highrise. I'm planning to put locks on all the windows and the balcony door so that nothing will open more than 4 cm (2"), the standard for window safety. However, I'm unsure whether I need to do more than this to make the windows safe.
My friend recently had a glass repairman at her condo. He said that, if little kids put their hands against the window glass, the seal will eventually break. If the seal breaks, the window can pop out, resulting in a window falling or a child falling. I don't know if this is true, but I have been having a hard time sleeping ever since. And Eric Clapton is in the back of my mind.
I don't intend for my child to play near the windows. I'm going to buy Guardian Angel window guards (link avoided) so that there is no way for my child to go out their bedroom window. The bedroom is really the only room with a window where my child would ever be when I'm not looking. (E.g. when I'm asleep.)
However, like most modern condos, this place has a few floor-to-ceiling windows. And it has some not quite floor-to-ceiling windows that a child could press their hands against when they look out. Is this incredibly dangerous? Should I put bars across all my windows? This sounds a bit ludicrous, but I want my home to be safe.
We are going to put a chime or alarm on the front door, so that, if our child opens it, we will be alerted. We'll also have a lock higher up, out of reach. But we'd do this in a house. In fact, I'd put window guards in the bedroom of a 2nd storey and I'd put window locks for 2" on all the windows for a house, too. I'm just not sure how much further to go.
No need to weigh in to say I should not live in a highrise with a child. I am only looking for information on making the apartment safe. I will share this info with the other downtown-dwelling families I know, as no one is quite sure what to do.