The other week OH and I got home from a rare night out without the kids to find Lil Sis awake, and waving out of the second floor bedroom window.
Not safely behind a secure pane of glass, like the pic above. Actually in the window.
She’d used the frame of her cot to hoist herself up on the windowsill, and was standing up in the recess, behind the blind using the latch as a handhold while she waved furiously through the glass.
Luckily, there was no way she could fall out, because I never ever opened the windows past the locked trickle vent setting. But it still scared the heck out of me.
As a magazine journalist, I’ve interviewed several Mums whose children had tumbled out of second floor windows, so I knew it happened to dozens of children every year. Many suffered skull fractures, and broken bones. Others weren’t so lucky.
I was utterly paranoid about the girls climbing up, and falling out. So, even in the stifling summer heat, all the windows on our top floor remained closed.
Seeing Bubs standing in the window was the final wake-up call. We needed to find a guard that would allow us to open the windows in the peak of Summer, but keep the kids safe as they played in their room.
I didn’t trust the factory-provided restrictors. The ones that had come with our new windows were way too simple – even Lil Sis could’ve figured out how to bypass them. I was also wary of installing something that would make it difficult to escape the room if, God forbid, we ever had a fire.
But it meant that the summer nights were unbearably hot. Because I refused to open the windows, the girls had trouble sleeping, and the room always seemed stuffy.
I’d been looking out for something since we’d moved in 18 months earlier, but nothing ticked all the boxes – until I found the HOME GUARD Child Safety Window Barrier.
The company actually make security grilles, but decided to branch out into kids’ window barriers after spotting a gap in the market.
The guards are made to measure from top-quality steel, making them an effective safety barrier for your kids, and a deterrent for burglars. The slim vertical bar design looks classy, rather than institutional.
Best of all, the clever keyless locking system means you can pop the grill and remove it in seconds, in the event of a fire.
It took OH just 30 minutes to secure the unit neatly inside the window recess (you can also put it outside the window, if you prefer). But the company offers telephone advice if you’re not confident installing it yourself.
The peace of mind was instant. For the first time in 18 months I was able to throw the window open, and get some fresh air circulating through the room. And I felt safe leaving it open all night – both from the kids getting out, or anyone else getting in.
The price reflects the fact that these grills are bespoke, and top quality steel. You can find cheaper window restrictors but, for me, it’s an investment in my children’s safety, and the comfort it brings is worth every penny.