National Window Safety Week Tips

From the National Safety Council’s website, we have gathered some information and tips on keeping your windows in good repair for use and emergencies as well as to prevent falls.

Windows let in light and fresh air, and can provide breathtaking views, but they also are vital to safety.

It’s important to understand what you can do to observe window safety, especially when young children are in the home.

Why is Window Safety Week Important?

Window Safety Week in April coincides with the arrival of spring, when homeowners naturally want to open the windows and let in fresh air. Its goal is twofold: for families to understand the role of windows in escaping a fire or other emergency and to learn to safeguard against accidental window falls.

 

A Window Could be Your Lifeline in an Emergency

Windows have saved many lives when used as emergency escape routes. Larger, egress windows can take on an even greater role by preventing families from being trapped in a basement and by more easily allowing rescue crews to enter the home.

How prepared are you to escape a fire? You will likely have little time to think, which is why it is essential to develop and test an escape plan at least twice a year with everyone in the home.

Your home escape plan should include the following:

  • Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut
  • Do not install air conditioners in windows that may be needed for escape
  • Make sure at least one window in each bedroom meets escape and rescue requirements
  • Window guards, security bars, grilles or grates render windows useless in an emergency unless they have a release mechanism
  • Develop an emergency escape plan and practice it
  • If possible, keep emergency escape ladders in second- or third-story bedrooms and teach everyone in the home how to use them

Window Falls are Preventable

  • Children are twice as likely to sustain a fall-related injury at home than at a childcare facility
  • Window falls occur more frequently in urban areas
  • Window falls account for about eight deaths and 3,300 injuries among children 5 and younger each year

Do you ever think about your windows, other than how dirty they are getting? Take a few minutes now to consider what you can do to help keep your loved ones safe around windows, and commit these rules to memory:

  • Remember that insect screens cannot support a child’s weight
  • Never leave children unattended around open windows, with or without a screen
  • Windows within a child’s reach should remain closed
  • Don’t place furniture under windows; children can climb and potentially fall from an open window
  • Keep children’s play areas away from windows, balconies or patio doors

 

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