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National Window Safety Week

The National Safety Council (NSC) and top fenestration industry organizations have declared the first full week of April every year as National Window Safety Week, which is timed to coincide with spring?the time of year when homeowners are again opening their windows.

This year, National Window Safety Week is April 7-13, 2013. Learn more by clicking here to visit the NSC Web site.

Additional resources:


Two FREE printed resources on the topic of window safety from National Safety Council's Window Safety Task Force are also available to order. They are:

  • "Keeping the Promise of Safety" brochure provides helpful window safety tips. This brochure is free. Individual Brochures may be downloaded here (pdf 36 KB). For larger quantities (we ask that you please order in quantities of 100), you may order them from the National Safety Council. The brochures are free. To order, contact NSC Customer Service at: 800-621-7619, and ask for the "Keeping the Promise of Safety" brochure, product number 00006-6215.
  • Window Safety Information Kit includes the "Keeping the Promise of Safety Brochure," as well as Window Safety Tip Sheets, Window Safety Checklist, Window Safety Press Release, and Window Safety Activity and Coloring Book. This kit is available FREE from the National Safety Council. To order, contact NSC Customer Service at 800-621-7619, and ask for the "Window Safety Information Kit," product number 00006-6210. You may order these in any quantity.
Window Safety Checklist*

Because the Park Avenue Windows & Doors Manufacturer is committed to producing a quality product that homeowners will enjoy, we encourage you to review the following safety tips and information.

Fires and falls of all kinds are among the leading causes of injury and death in young children. While some falls occur from windows, it is important to realize that in the event of a fire, a window can also save a child's life. This is why windows play a critical role in home safety. Print out this checklist from the Nationaly Safety Council and use these tips to help keep your family safe around the windows and patio doors in your home.

Has your family developed an emergency fire escape plan?

Determine your family's emergency escape plan and practice it regularly. In the plan, include two avenues of escape from every room. Remember, children may have to rely on a window to escape a fire. Help them learn to safely use a window under these circumstances. Make sure you have identified a safe meeting place outside.

Do you keep windows shut when children are around?
You should keep your windows closed and locked when children are around. When opening windows for ventilation, open windows that children cannot reach. Also, set and enforce rules about keeping children's play away from windows and/or patio doors. Falling through the glass can be fatal or cause a serious injury.
Screens are not designed to restrain a child from falling through an open iwndow. Please take proper precautions.
Don't rely on insect screens to prevent a fall. Insect screens are designed to provide ventilation while keeping insects out; they are not designed to, nor will they prevent a child's fall from a window.
Is there furniture placed under or near windows in your home?
Keep furniture, or anything children can climb, away from windows. Children may use such objects as a climbing aid.
Do you have any window unit air conditioners in bedroom windows or other windows in your home that may be needed for escape or rescue in an emergency?
Do not install window unit air conditioners in windows that may be needed for escape or rescue in an emergency. The air conditioning unit could block or impede escape through the window. Always be sure that you have at least one window in each sleeping and living area that meets escape and rescue requirements.
Do any windows in your home have guards, security bars, grilles or grates?

These windows are useless in an emergency if the devices on them do not have a functioning release mechanism. Time is critical when escaping a fire. Consult your local fire department or building code official to determine proper window guard placement.

Inspect your home's windows carefully. Are any windows in your home painted or nailed shut?

Never paint or nail windows shut. You must be able to open them to escape in an emergency.

Did you know that strategic landscaping may lessen the extent of injury sustained in the event a fall does occur?

Plant shrubs and soft edging like wood chips or grass under windows to cushion potential falls. The surface can greatly affect the degree of injury sustained from a fall.

Window Safety Activity Book
Window Safety Activity Book

Children may enjoy the Window Safety Activity Book, which includes activities such as coloring and games to teach children about window safety.

*Reprinted from the National Safety Council. For additional information, visit www.nsc.org.

 

Window Safety Tips**
Preventing falls out of windows is as important as learning how to use one in an emergency. Unattended children run the greatest risk of falls and injuries, so the best first step is to watch your children as they play. Nothing can substitute for careful supervision.

  1. Windows provide a secondary means of escape from a burning home. Determine your family's emergency escape plan and practice it. Remember that children may have to rely on a window to escape in a fire. Help them learn to safely use a window under these circumstances.
  2. When performing spring repairs, take care to make sure that your windows are not painted or nailed shut. You must be able to open them to escape in an emergency.
  3. Keep your windows closed and locked when children are around. When opening windows for ventilation, open windows that a child cannot reach.
  4. Set and enforce rules about keeping children's play away from windows or patio doors. Falling through the glass can be fatal or cause serious injury.
  5. Keep furniture or anything children can climb away from windows. Children may use such objects as a climbing aid.
  6. If you have young children in your home and are considering installing window guards or window fall prevention devices, be aware that the window guards you install must have a release mechanism so that they can be opened for escape in a fire emergency. Consult your local fire department or building code official to determine proper window guard placement.
  7. Some homes may have window guards, security bars, grilles or grates already covering their windows. Those windows are useless in an emergency if the devices on them do not have a functioning release mechanism. Time is critical when escaping a fire.
  8. Do not install window unit air conditioners in windows that may be needed for escape or rescue in an emergency. The air conditioning unit could block or impede escape through the window. Always be sure that you have at least one window in each sleeping and living area that meets escape and rescue requirements.
  9. The degree of injury sustained from a window fall can be affected by the surface on which the victim falls. Shrubs and soft edging like wood chips or grass beneath windows may lessen the impact if a fall does occur.
**Reprinted from the National Safety Council. For additional information, visit www.nsc.org
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