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Window Safety Week is April 1-7, 2018 - Tips from the Window Safety Task Force on Keeping Children Safe

Posted By Nicolette Strobing, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

[Washington, DC] - As spring arrives, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council (NSC) encourage parents and caregivers of young children to recognize the importance of window safety awareness, especially to prevent accidental falls from open windows and for using windows as a secondary way out of the home in case of fire.   Each year, the WDMA and the Window Safety Task Force takes the first full week in April to emphasize these messages during Window Safety Week. This year Window Safety Week is April 1-7.

While spring is a good time to remind parents and caregivers that falls from a window can result in serious injury or fatality, as well as to have an escape plan in place in case of a fire, window safety needs to be recognized year round. The Window Safety Task Force offers the tips below for preventing windows falls and on fire safety. 

Protecting children from window falls: 

1.  When young children are around, keep windows closed and locked.

2. When opening a window for ventilation, use those located out of a child's reach.

3. Avoid placing furniture near windows to prevent young children from climbing.

4. Don't allow children to jump on beds or other furniture to help reduce potential falls.

5. Don't rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall. Insect screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in the home.

6. Supervise children to keep child's play away from windows, balconies or patio doors.

7. Install ASTM F2090 compliant devices designed to limit how far a window will open or window guards (with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire or other emergency) to help prevent a fall.

8. Teach your child how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency, such as a fire.

Fire safety:

1. Home fire escape plans should include two exits from every room in the home, through a door and through a window.

2. Conduct fire escape drills during the day and at night, as many home fires occur at night. Conduct drills at least two times a year.

3. Practice opening and closing windows that may be designated as emergency exits and keep them in good working order.

4. If it is necessary to exit through a window in an emergency, first attempt to open it rather than break the glass.

5. Some homes feature windows with impact-resistant glass, most often in hurricane-prone areas. For these types of windows, the window must be opened or another exit route must be used.

6. When remodeling a home, local code officials should be contacted to understand emergency escape and rescue (egress) building code requirements that may be applicable where the home is located. Egress windows are those designated by code as large enough to escape through or for rescue workers to enter in emergency situations.

7. If windows are equipped with window guards or fall prevention devices, local building code officials should be contacted to determine proper placement.

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