With summer fast approaching and a heat wave being predicted, many householders face the unenviable task of trying to keep their houses at a comfortable temperature.
British homes have never really been designed to manage the increasing temperatures we’re seeing in the summer months, and there’s little you can do save opening the windows to let a draught blow through the house.
And this is where problems can start to emerge.
It’s a sobering thought that 4,000 children under the age of 15 are injured each year falling from windows according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. Even worse, the NHS reports that around ten children die each year as a result of falling from windows or balconies. These are statistics with horrific repercussions, but it is worth remembering that a child’s curiosity will often outweigh any sense of danger.
Accidents and incidents peak in the summer months, when households are throwing their windows open, and whilst modern UPVC windows have a feature that enables you to lock them ajar this often only provides the merest breath of air.
If you’ve spent any time away from home within the UK, you might have noticed that hotels now have restrictors fitted to the windows, meaning that they only open a few degrees. This is thanks to Health & Safety Executive legislation and Building Regulations that states that windows nothing over 10cm diameter can pass through an open window in buildings often occupied by children. It can be frustrating – in the height of summer – to not be able to fully open a window; but it’s a safety feature that is fast making its way into the family home. As suppliers of these products, UPVC Maintenance Supplies are seeing a growing market amongst householders; using them to increase peace of mind concerning their child’s safety. With several models available, we can advise which is best suited to your needs – offering greater flexibility of openings if appropriate.
A secondary benefit to these restrictors is added security: as temperatures fall overnight, it’s tempting to leave windows open to allow the cooler air in. However, in many cases, unless someone is sleeping in that room this could invalidate your home insurance if there is a burglary. It’s worth checking the small print on your home insurance policy, then give us a ring. With more than 20 years of experience in the window and door parts arena, we are well-placed to advise on the best solutions to meet your needs – from replacement locks and handles to new window seals and even CCTV solutions. If you’re in the area, why not call in? With trade counters in Batley, Rotherham and York our experts are available Monday to Friday face-to-face. Alternatively we can work with you over the phone or via our online shop