National Window Safety Week

Posted On Friday, Mar. 31st, 2017

National Window Safety Week is April 3-9. Each year brings many needless injuries and deaths from accidental falls, cord strangulation and the inability to evacuate in an emergency, and these tragedies largely befall children.

Seaway supports window safety efforts this week and always, and we’re pleased to share the following information:

Window Safety Task Force offers these suggestions to help protect children:

  • Always supervise children and keep their play area away from windows
  • Keep windows closed and locked when children are present
  • If windows are open, make sure children can’t reach them
  • For a double-hung window on an upper floor, open the top sash for ventilation and keep the bottom sash closed
  • Screens keep bugs out, but they do not keep children in
  • Keep furniture away from windows as they could tempt a curious child to climb and potentially fall
  • Don’t allow children to jump on beds or other furniture
  • If there are young children in the home, install ASTM-approved limited-opening hardware, which only allows a window to open a few inches
  • About one child per month dies from window cord strangulation, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Another will be treated following a near strangulation.
  • It is important to check window coverings for exposed or dangling cords.
  • It is recommended to use cordless window coverings or those that are inaccessible to children. If you are unable to replace window coverings with safer products, the Window Covering Safety Council offers free retrofit kits.

  • In a fire, windows can save a child’s life.
  • It is essential to teach children how to safely escape from a window when there is a fire.
  • Often a window may become sealed shut due to paint, dirt, and weathering.
  • Make sure that windows are not blocked and that they open easily.
  • Every family should create a home escape plan and in it include:
    • 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; update them if necessary
    • Develop an emergency escape plan and practice it during the day and at night
    • Keep emergency escape ladders in second- or third-story bedrooms and teach everyone in the home how to use them
    • When installing window guards or window fall- prevention devices, be aware that the window guards or window fall prevention devices must have a release mechanism so they can be opened for escape in a fire emergency.
    • Keep escape routes clean so that they are easily accessible.

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