Window Safety Week
The National Safety Council and the Window Safety Task Force established Window Safety Week in 1997 to heighten awareness of the actions that homeowners can take to establish window safety and fall prevention as a year-round safety priority. Window Safety Week, observed annually during the first week of April (4/4-11/21), coincides with the arrival of spring, when people naturally want to open the windows and let in fresh air. The goal of this observance is twofold– for families to understand the role of windows in escaping a fire or other emergency and to learn how to safeguard against window falls.
Follow these NSC recommendations to keep your family safe:
Review and Practice Your Emergency Escape Plan:
- Identify at least one window in each sleeping and living area that meets escape and rescue requirements.
- Include two escape routes from each room and teach children how to safely use windows as emergency exits.
Ensure Window Functionality:
- If your windows have guards, bars, grilles or grates check that they have operable release mechanisms.
- Don’t install air conditioners in windows that may be needed for escape or rescue. Never paint or nail windows shut, you must be able to open them in an emergency.
Keep Windows Closed and Locked:
- For ventilation, open windows that children cannot reach. Prevent children from playing near windows and/or patio doors. Keep furniture – or anything children can climb – away from windows.
Don’t Rely on Insect Screens to Prevent a Fall:
- Screens are designed to provide ventilation while keeping insects out; they are not designed to prevent a child’s fall from a window.
Consider Strategic Landscaping:
- Plant shrubs and soft edging like wood chips or grass under windows to cushion potential falls.
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