This week, April 6-12, is National Window Safety Week, sponsored by the National Safety Council, and some in the industry are doing their part to educate homeowners regarding this important topic.

Simonton Windows reminds parents to be extremely cautious with open windows in the home.

“Adults can never be too vigilant when it comes to making sure that children understand the importance of safety around windows,” says Matthew Minerd, director of marketing for Simonton Windows. “It only takes a few seconds for a child to push too hard against a screen in an open window for an accident or fall to occur.”

The organization Safe Kids Worldwide reports that unintentional falls are the number one cause of non-fatal injury for children, and 43 percent of fall-related injuries are among children ages four and under. Plus, children are twice as likely to be injured in a fall-related injury at home than at a childcare facility. The organization reports that children fall out of windows more frequently in large urban areas and low-income neighborhoods.

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is a co-founder of the Window Safety Task Force, and encourages everyone to recognize the importance of practicing window safety.

“AAMA is proud to be an active member of the Window Safety Task Force and to educate parents and families about how to prevent accidental falls from windows,” says Rich Walker, president and CEO of AAMA. “Take time this week to walk through your home and ensure that it is a safe place for all children.”

In order to help protect children from window falls, the Window Safety Task Force offers the following tips:

* Avoid the placement of furniture near windows to prevent children from climbing;

* Do not rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall;

* Keep children’s play away from open windows and doors;

* Install building code-compliant devices designed to limit how far a window will open or window guards with release mechanisms to help prevent a fall; and

* Teach your child how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency.

The Window Safety Task Force works to heighten the awareness of what parents and caregivers should do to help keep their homes and families safer from the risks of accidental falls. Though National Window Safety Week is an important annual reminder, window safety education should be ongoing and should occur throughout the year.

Formed in 1997, the Window Safety Task Force is composed of members representing AAMA, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association and the Screen Manufacturers Association, in cooperation with the National Association of Home Builders and other organizations, as well as manufacturers of windows, doors and screens. Since its inception, the task force has distributed thousands of consumer information kits in cooperation with the National Safety Council (NSC).

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