Security Screens: Four Things for Parents to Consider

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Security Screens: Four Things for Parents to Consider

12 May 2016
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You have young kids in your home, and you're wondering if security screens are the right option for your doors and windows. In most cases, the answer is "yes", but there are a few things to consider first. Here is what you need to keep in mind:

1. Security screens help keep intruders out.

As a parent, protecting your child is your number one concern, and security screens help you do that. Instead of being made of synthetic fibres like conventional screens, they feature a heavy duty metal mesh. This cannot be ripped or cut by intruders, and it resists damage from blunt force as well. This creates an extra level of protection around your home.

2. Security screens resist damage from children.

In addition to protecting your children, security screens also protect your home from child related damage. Unfortunately, even the best kids can get a little curious and take a pair of scissors to a screen. Conventional screens will just succumb to the damage, and you will have to replace them or let the flies stream in.

Security screens, however, resist many types of damage from children as well as pets and adults too.

3. Security screen doors do not prevent your child from leaving the house.

Unfortunately, security screen doors on their own cannot prevent your child from leaving the house. If you want to ensure your child doesn't open the screen door and get to the pool or to the road, you need to take additional precautions.

For example, you could add an extra lock to your screen door that is out of reach of your child, or you could install a security alarm on this door. These alarms beep to alert you every time the door opens.

4. Security screens do not prevent falls.

Security window screens, just like security screen doors, are designed to keep people out. They are not designed to keep people in. Unfortunately, this fact means that you need to take extra precautions to prevent injuries related to falling out windows.

Security screens are made to allow easy egress, and this is essential if you are trying to escape your home in a fire. However, if your child presses against the screen trying to look outside, the screen may come out of the window and your child may fall. To prevent falls, you may want to keep furniture away from the window so your child cannot climb up near it, or you may want to add bars to the window in addition to the security screen.