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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Seaway Welcomes Terry Rex as Territory Manager

Posted On Friday, Mar. 10th, 2017

Seaway Manufacturing Corporation of Erie, Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce that Terry Rex has joined the Seaway staff as a territory manager, effective immediately.

A 30-year veteran of the window and door industry, Rex brings a wealth of sales and marketing experience to the Seaway team. His background includes roles as Vice President of Marketing and Sales within the window industry, as well as leadership positions in industry associations including the Northeast Window and Door Association and the Window & Door Dealers Alliance.

“I am thrilled that Terry has accepted a leadership role in our organization,” said Seaway Manufacturing President Jana Goodrich.  “This is a great opportunity for everyone involved; we can offer Terry a successful new home, and he can bring his talent and history of success to us. Terry has an excellent reputation in our industry and we look forward to having him as part of our team.”

Founded in 1959, Seaway Manufacturing is in its third generation of family ownership, producing the highest quality home-improvement products including vinyl replacement windows, patio doors and sunrooms.

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Ready for Your Screen Test? All About Window Screens

Posted On Wednesday, Nov. 2nd, 2016

Seaway Manufacturing of Erie, PA, manufacturer of residential replacement windows, patio doors and sunrooms, presents “Look Into Your Windows,” an educational series designed to answer the most frequent questions about choosing replacement windows for your home.  In this installment, a look at window screens.

We briefly touched on window screens in the last installment on double-hung windows, but screens are one of the most-overlooked components of a window, and they’re worthy of a little more attention.

If you’ve had a window demonstration in your home or in a showroom, the screens were probably barely mentioned, if at all. Windows have screens. Screens keep bugs out. The end. Right?

Yes and no. Screens keep bugs out, yes. But the wrong screens keep too much air and light out as well. Newer screen designs offer more effective bug protection while allowing more light and air to flow through, and those are the main reasons to have your windows open in the first place: more air and a better view of the outdoors.

Consider not just the screening material but the frame that holds it in place. In many windows, this is a flimsy afterthought, prone to bending out of shape over time. Look for construction that’s just as sturdy as the rest of the window.

Double-hung windows have half-screens that cover the bottom sash area and lift up and down. Occasionally, a customer will request full screens; that is, screens that cover the entire window so the top sash can be lowered as well. Just bear in mind that a full screen is fixed in place and is a little harder to remove should you need to in order to reach outside. With casement or awning windows, the screen will always cover the entire opening.

Here’s what screens won’t do: they won’t prevent children or pets from falling out, so you’ll need to be vigilant in those situations. Use the window’s limit latches or safety latches to limit the opening of the window and prevent accidental falls. Screens also won’t keep someone from breaking in. A quality window has many security features, but the screen is not one of them. Take any claims of “locking screens” with a huge grain of salt.

Questions about replacement windows? Contact Seaway Manufacturing, or click here and enter your ZIP code to find a Seaway dealer in your area.

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