At the sight of their child on the windowsill, any parent has a panic, and the higher the floor, the stronger this panic. Even a 2-year-old baby can open the sash of a modern double-glazed window, so the windows must be modernized with the help of special locks and blockers. For the most part, they allow you to freely open the sashes for ventilation, but do not allow the kids to open them. There is no need to change the windows, and the duration of the lock installation procedure ranges from several minutes to half an hour, depending on the design. We figure out how to choose the right child lock for windows and what type will be preferable in a particular situation.
# 1. Types of locks on the windows
Window locks are fairly simple and inexpensive designs that can be installed on all types of windows, even plastic or wooden. They allow you to make the window safe for the baby, bring peace of mind to the parents, and at the same time increase the burglary resistance of the window – thieves outside cannot open the lock in any way. Locking structures are often also installed by pet owners.
According to the principle of operation and the place of installation, locks are divided into several types:
There is also a socket-lock or a plug, in which there is no locking mechanism, but the function of the structure is the same – to prevent the child from opening the window on his own. Also, some refer to locking mechanisms and a “comb” type window restraint, but its usefulness is questionable – almost any kid will be able to flip such a stop and open the sash.
# 2. Lock handle
Some parents use the most budgetary and at the same time the most inconvenient way to protect windows – they simply unscrew the handle. No handle – no way to open the window. Cheap and cheerful. After a couple of weeks of using this method, all its disadvantages and inconveniences, which you can already guess, will come out. Better to spend a little, but get a really easy-to-use design.
A handle with a lock is one of the most popular and effective ways to secure a window structure. The usual handle changes to a special one with a built-in lock, and it can be activated only with a key. You can fix the sash in the open, closed and tilted position – the functionality of the window does not disappear anywhere, you can open and close the sash only after the key is inserted into the lock. The only negative is that you have to carry the keys with you and use them even when you need to open the window for ventilation.
Some manufacturers make the keys bright enough, since at first, according to the collected statistics, many parents forget the keys in the window handle.
A type of handle with a lock is a handle with a button. The principle of operation is the same: to turn the knob, you must press the button. It is pressed hard enough, so a child, even the strongest, will not be able to do this. Plus for adults – no need to look for keys and carry them with you.
Installing a new handle to replace the old one is easy – almost everyone can handle it. You will need to turn the plug, unscrew the bolts hidden under it, remove the old handle, insert a new one, tighten the bolts and close it all with a plug. The new handle is inserted in the same position in which the old one was removed. Nothing complicated. With minimal experience, this is a matter of 10 minutes.
No. 3. Surface lock
The child lock on the windows, built into the handle, complicates the ventilation process, and if this is critical for you, then it is better to install a patch lock. Its main advantage is that even without a key, the sash can be folded over to let fresh air into the apartment.
The surface-mounted lock consists of two elements: the main part with a locking mechanism is attached to the bottom of the sash, the second block with a tongue is mounted on the frame. The key is only needed to fully open the window.
Installation of such a design should not cause any problems for those who know how to handle a drill. First, on the sash and frame, the places where the elements of the lock will be fixed are marked, and then holes are made for them, after which they are fastened with bolts. All necessary elements and parts are usually supplied with a lock.
You can find out more about the principle of operation of children’s window locks on the website http://oknafdo.ru/accessories/kids_lock/.
No. 4. Mortise lock
As the name of the structure suggests, the mortise lock differs from the invoice only in that its elements are hidden in the sash and frame. It is impossible to guess about its presence, the aesthetics of the window does not deteriorate, and the functionality fully coincides with the functionality of the patch lock, i.e. you can open the sash without a key. True, for this it will be necessary to install the structure at the bottom of the window.
Installation of mortise window locks is somewhat more difficult than all others. The performer will need training and professional tools. One part of the lock is milled in the sash. For this, a special milling machine is used, which must very accurately and accurately cut a niche of the same dimensions as the locking mechanism. The frame is perforated with the subsequent installation of a keyhole. In order not to spoil the appearance of the window and provide the required functionality of the lock, it is better to seek professional help.
№5. Lock lock
Usually, locks-blockers (or latches) are called ordinary mortise, overhead or built-in locks or buttons. Some manufacturers mean completely different designs by blockers. This is not even a lock, but rather a latch, and it is recommended to put several of them at once on the sides and on top of the window. The structure is attached to the sash, and when the “tongue” is lowered, it does not interfere with opening and tilting the window. If you turn the movable elements of the latch, then the window can be tightly closed. The child will not be able to open all the elements – they are fixed very tightly and high. There are also blockers, where fixation occurs due to a button or key.
In terms of convenience and functionality, such latches are inferior to other children’s window locks, but they are very cheap and easy to install. Another nuance is the appearance of the window with blockers: the visibility of these elements may not please everyone.
No. 6. Plug, or lock-socket
The name of the rosette lock is not very safe. The design was named in a similar way, since they saw similarities with the functioning of any electrical device. It is enough to insert a special removable handle into the hole to make the window work. This hole in the frame is aesthetically covered with a special plug. The child will have no chance of opening the window, since the handle will be hidden from the parents. The sash can be fixed in any position. The main disadvantage is that the pen must be carried with you or hidden in the most unpredictable place so that the baby does not find it. This solution will cost minimal waste, but it is suitable mainly for plastic windows.
Installation is easy to do yourself. Instead of the old handle and plug, a new decorative plug is mounted, and with one bolt, so that it can be turned and a removable arm can be inserted.
No. 7. Cable lock
The cable lock is very similar to typical bicycle locks. One part of the structure with a locking mechanism is attached to the sash, the second to the frame, with a cable between them. The length of the cable is chosen so that it is possible to open the window for ventilation, but it would be impossible to open it. It is better to choose removable locks that allow you to get rid of the cable with a key and open the window completely.
Cable locks are the most popular installation option for sliding window structures. It simply does not allow the sash to be opened wider than intended.
No. 8. Additional room protection
The lock not only eliminates the risk of falling out of the window, but also provides additional protection against illegal access to the premises. Even if there are no children at home, it is better to install the castle to the owners of apartments located on the first and last floors, as well as near trees, common balconies and roofs of other buildings, from where it is easy to get to the window.
No. 9. Children’s window locks manufacturers
When it comes to the safety of children and the apartment, it is better not to save money, since the small amount saved does not compensate for the sad consequences of installing poor-quality locking fittings. Window locks are produced by many companies, but it is better to give preference to the largest and most reputable ones:
MACO is a large Austrian company that produces handles with a lock and buttons. All metal elements undergo anti-corrosion treatment, so the manufacturer gives a long-term guarantee for the mechanism;
Baby Safe Lock mainly produces overhead locks that are easy to mount and provide window opening in airing mode. The block can be white or brown, and the key has a red holder – you will not be able to forget it in the lock. The lock can be installed on any type of profile;
ROTO is a German company that develops window locks of various designs, but most of all in the range of special handles with locks. It is possible to manufacture the elements of the lock on an individual order;
JACKLOC produces cable locks and handles-locks, all of which have a high margin of safety;
PENKID – Turkish locks for sliding windows, have an excellent price / quality ratio.
The desire to save money leads the craftsmen to the invention of homemade window locks. These are usually metal chains. Sometimes for protection purposes, mosquito nets and combs are used: these elements have completely different tasks, so they will not be able to ensure the safety of the baby to the required extent. Special locks with a well-thought-out design are not so expensive to risk the life and health of your baby.