Monthly Archives: November 2015

Your Home is a Dangerous Place. Do Your Part to Keep Your Children Safe.

- by to Calamity & Disasters.

In a world that seems to grow more dangerous every day, there’s one place you know your family and your children will always be safe: at home. Or so you think. The sad truth is accidents at home claim the lives of six American children every day (according to statistics from Safe Kids Worldwide) and send thousands more to the emergency room, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Consider the home dangers, and how to prevent accidents.

Vinyl-Lite Window Factory cares about your home and your children, so we’ve taken this opportunity to help you recognize potential threats to your family’s safety, and to provide a few tips for preventing dangerous, life-threatening accidents.

1. Unsecured windows

Safe Kids Worldwide reported nearly 2 million kids under the age of 12 visited the emergency room in 2013 as the result of a fall. Even windows on the first floor present a risk for trips and slips, and traditional window screens are not strong enough to prevent a child from falling out. Vinyl-Lite Window Factory recommends installing a window guard with a quick release function to keep your family safe and secure — inside.

2. The medicine cabinet

The medications and creams you use on a daily basis without thinking twice can be extremely toxic for your children. Do your part to keep the medicine cabinet locked, and keep dangerous pharmaceuticals out of young ones’ reach.

3. Outlets covered with plastic caps

When many new parents think about babyproofing, they think about placing those little plastic covers over all exposed outlets, but new research from the Electrical Safety Foundation has indicated that nearly all children ages two to four were able to remove the covers with ease. The good news is all new homes constructed since 2008 have been fitted with tamper-resistant outlets. (Live in an older home? They’re easy and inexpensive to install.)

4. Cords that dangle from your window blinds

Walk around your home and count the adjustable cords dangling from your window blinds; never realized there were quite that many, right? They seem harmless, right? Far from it. Too many children each year are strangled by these cords. Keep this from happening by making sure cribs, beds and playroom furniture are positioned away from windows. You might even consider installing shades equipped with internal cords, or better yet, Cordless and roller shades.

With common sense and a little due diligence, you can rest assured that your children and loved ones are safe to play, and discover the world from the secure embrace of your home.

Why are birds flying into my windows?

- by to Calamity & Disasters.

The only downside to beautiful, clean Vinyl-Lite Window Factory energy efficient windows is an increase in bird accidents. Winged creatures take one glance at your pristine custom-fit windows and assume the reflection is a clear flight path of trees or sky. It can be hard to enjoy such visual perfection when you’ve got the constant thud of our feathered friends assuming your second floor bathroom is an empty sky highway.

Protect your windows and our birds by making your Vinyl-Lite Window Factory energy efficient windows visible to birds while they are flying.

Small changes can make a big difference!

Use a window screen. Not only will it help break up the reflection, but birds will bounce off instead of smashing into the glass, much like jumping on a trampoline. The humane society recommends CollidEscape film. The film is applied to the exterior side of your energy efficient windows, creating a transparent view for guests inside the house, and an opaque view for our birdy friends.

External shutters or sunshades are a great option that can add a pleasing aesthetic to your home while keeping the sun out, limiting the reflective glare, and protecting your windows.

Move — or get! — bird feeders and baths. Keeping baths and feeders within three feet of your home means any collision won’t be fatal, but also discourages them from flying into your windows when they’ve got a detour in front of them. Baths and feeders that are 30 feet away help birds recognize windows are part of the house, rather than paying strict attention to the reflection.

Closed curtains and blinds will also eliminate the reflection. Keep them closed when they aren’t in use for maximum effect, while still enjoying the daylight or night sky when you are in the room.

But what should I do if a bird flies into my window?

Don’t panic. The humane society recommends gently covering the bird with a towel and placing her in a securely closed cardboard box — with air holes! Keep the box in a quiet, dark place to allow her to recover from her fall. Birds are often stunned following a hit, and need time to recover. Check on her every thirty minutes, but don’t touch.

Once she starts moving and looks recovered, take the box outside, open it, and step away. Let the bird fly away on her own. If she doesn’t, take her back inside and repeat the process. If she doesn’t recover within a few hours, but is still breathing, contact your local wildlife rehabilitator.

And if the poor bird broke, or cracked your window…

Call Vinyl-Lite Window Factory to order replacement energy efficient windows today.