How safe are your windows?
Don't let your windows let in anything other than fresh air, use this information to keep them secured:
• 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
• Secure either the window or the handle to prevent opening
• Use a fanlight lock to secure the fanlight window
• 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
• 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
• These are only truly secure if you fit laminated glazing, polycarbonate sheeting or internal grilles.