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Even parents who take great care in child proofing their homes often overlook their windows – often with tragic results. Children can fall through even screened windows, or they may cut themselves on broken glass. They’ve also been known to use a window as a means to reach a dangerous area, like a street or pool, so it’s definitely worth considering child proofing your windows.
 
Child proof latches are available from most hardware stores, and there are models that fit most types of windows. They’re cheap, and easy to install, and they ensure that your child can’t open any window more than about 10 cm ( about four inches). That’s not wide enough for your child to make an escape, so it solves the problem of your child using a window to access dangerous areas around your home.
 
Safety film, applied to the glass, can help to prevent shattering and associated cuts, and it’s always a good idea to keep heavy or sharp objects that could break windows out of your child’s reach.
 
As a last safety tip, consider placing stickers on large panes of glass, like sliding doors and French doors. A child can easily run into clear glass that they can’t see, resulting in bruises at best, and very bad cuts at worst!

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