Your windows are an essential part of your home’s security. Nowadays, with the right safety features in place, they can make it near-on impossible for intruders to break in undetected, and they are also expertly designed to avoid accidents in homes with young children – such as falls or injuries from broken glass. Modern double-glazed windows are even built to ensure that, in the case of a fire or other emergency, everyone can get out easily and safely. Here are just some of the standard and additional safety features that are available for double-glazed windows.
Double-glazed windows safety features:
As the name suggests, multi-point locking systems feature more than one locking points to ensure that, when closed, the window is fastened at multiple points for maximum security.
Having shoot bolts at the top and bottom of your windows adds an extra layer of security, as the strong, powerful bolts fasten the window in place and ensure it cannot be forced open.
Locking your front door with a key gives you peace of mind that your home is secure, and key-lockable handles for your windows do the same. The lock can only be opened with the key – so, if an intruder were to attempt a break-in by smashing the glass and reaching in for the handle, they would still not be able to open the window.
If you have young children in your home, it is not possible to keep an eye on them all the time, so childproofing your windows is a must. Restrictors are an excellent option for doing this, as they prevent your little one from being able to open the window far enough for it to be dangerous.
There are two main benefits to shatterproof glass. First, it makes it difficult for intruders to break a window in your home without being heard, as they would have to repeatedly strike at it to be able to gain entry. Second, it means that, if a window does break, shards of glass will not go everywhere – reducing the risk of your child accidentally cutting themselves.
Easy escape hinges
Windows can be fitted with special hinges so that, in the case of a fire or other emergency, they can quickly opened to 90º, enabling everyone inside to climb out efficiently and safely.