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Friday, July 17, 2009

Inexpensive Steel Window Guards For Security and Child Safety

Question about the JS-1135-Q2, John Sterling Set of TWO WHITE 5 Bar Swing Open Window Guards

Q: "We are living in a starter home. The second story windows are very close to the floor. Each room has two double hung windows. We want to protect our children from falling through the screens since we live in California where we rarely use our air conditioning. Our windows are 38 inches wide and 42 inches high. Is this the correct size for our windows. We want safety but don't want to pay a huge price." Thanks Sara.

Answer: The John Sterling window guard you refer to is made of steel, white in color and tested to withstand a force of 150 pounds at maximum extension if properly installed. We sell this guard either in a single pack or a case of 2. Figure on no more than $140 for the pair including shipping (July 2009) unless you live in a very rural area.

The guard expands to fit a window that is from 24 inches to 42 inches wide. The height of the guard itself is 18 inches. Since a 4 inch opening is considered safe according to most building codes, each one of these guards can safely protect a window opening up to 22 inches if you allow 2 inches between the bottom of the side bar and the sill. Use a window stop if your window opens wider than 22 inches.

We recommend this unit for more permanent installations. The guard will swing open for cleaning. You can use the locking channel with a pin to make the unit more child and burglar proof. There is a safety release lever for quick opening. Remember that these units use long screws that can only be removed by drilling them out.

The John Sterling line of window guards includes non-opening units as well as ones made of angular steel for higher security.

Thank you for your question. If you decide to protect additional windows, we recommend that you email us a list of your window sizes, types, etc. so we can get you the best pricing and best shipping rates available.

Sincerely, Barbara

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