Industry Provides Information and Education on Window SafetyApril 6th, 2012 by DWM Magazine
In recognition of National Window Safety Week, April 1-7, a number of associations and industry companies are working to provide information and education to consumers about how they can make their homes safer. This week is used as a time to remind all households that open windows can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised.
Both the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association are groups that have been working to provide window safety information and education.
“Window safety is an important issue in the fenestration industry, and proper precautions can help protect the well-being of young children,” says Janice Yglesias, AAMA services director. “AAMA is proud to partner with the National Safety Council and other industry organizations to provide education that will keep families safer and aid in the prevention of accidental falls from windows and related injuries.”
“As temperatures rise and home fires are increasingly in the headlines across the country, it’s more important than ever for adults to take steps to enhance window safety,” adds Donna Stein Harris, executive director, National Safety Council’s Home and Community Partnerships and Initiatives, in a press release issued by the WDMA. “Remember that when it comes to safety, there’s no substitute for adult supervision, so it’s essential to teach children to keep play away from windows, doors and balconies.”
Window companies are also making similar strides.
“Children should be taught at a young age to stay away from windows for their own safety,” says Gary Pember, vice president of marketing for Simonton Windows. “Parents can help safeguard children in the home by keeping furniture (including cribs) and anything else a child can climb on, away from windows. And, if your home has double hung windows, open only the top part of the window that children cannot reach, to allow for ventilation.”
Pember also recommends that homeowners make certain that their homes have windows with clear openings that meet egress requirements in the living spaces as required by state and local building codes. “Egress windows provide emergency exits in your home during a fire,” says Pember. “Make sure your home has the proper amount of egress windows in every room used as a bedroom and on any floor or basement level with habitable living space.”
He adds, “If a door is hot to the touch or not safe to exit through during a fire, then both children and adults should exit through an open window,” says Pember. “Unless it is absolutely necessary, do not to break the window glass. Doing so could cause injury. During family safety drills, show children how to operate windows and how to use chain escape ladders that should be kept in all bedrooms located above ground level. Also establish a designated meeting place for the family outside the home.”
Some manufacturers also offer products that can help prevent falls. Jeld-Wen, for example, offers window opening control devices (WOCD). This past week the company expanded the availability of these offerings, giving homeowners the ability to automatically control the window opening and helping prevent accidental falls and meet egress codes that require windows to meet safety standards for emergency exits.
The WOCDs are factory-installed option and meet the ASTM F 2090 standard as referenced in the 2006 and 2009 International Building Code, and International Residential Code.
Likewise, Roto Frank of America is also promoting promote window safety with its WOCDs as a means to limit a window opening to less than 4 inches in accordance with ASTM F2090-2010.
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