How safe are your windows?

 

Don't let your windows let in anything other than fresh air, use this information to keep them secured:

 

 

Wooden casement

 

• Get locks that secure the frames together, avoid those that just secure the handle or stay bar.

 

• Fit mortice rack bolts for windows that are flush to the frame

 

• Secure wooden casements in the open position for ventilation and child safe

 

• If replacing your windows, look for the BS 7950 kite mark

 

Wooden sliding sash

 

• Use sash stops, fit in pairs, for extra security

 

• Consider the dual screw lock to bolt the two sashes together

 

• For newer tilt-to-clean sliding sashes use sash stops and dial screws

 

Metal Crittal

 

• Secure either the window or the handle to prevent opening

 

• Use a fanlight lock to secure the fanlight window

 

Aluminium

 

• Most manufacturers fit a locking handle but this alone is not secure enough

 

• Fit extra locks but ensure there is enough metal around the window to fit the lock without contacting the glass

 

• With sliding horizontal aluminium windows use a key operated clamp on the bottom rail of the frame

 

• To prevent the slider being lifted, fit a wooden block into the track above the slider

 

UPVC/PVCU

 

• It may not be possible to fit extra locks to UPVC windows as material used may not be strong enough

 

• Choose to buy a system that comes with a double glazed window locking system

 

• For locking systems, choose either a espagnolette, or multi-point, locking system, or a deadlock shoot bolt

 

• Choose windows fitted with an internal beading system so the glass cannot be removed from the outside

 

• Look for the BS 7950 kite mark

 

Leaded windows

 

• These are only truly secure if you fit laminated glazing, polycarbonate sheeting or internal grilles.