An effort is underway to make public housing in Connecticut safer for children.

Roto Frank of America and state Senator Art Linares, a Republican who represents Connecticut’s 33rd District, worked together to develop SB169: An Act Concerning Public Housing and Child Safe Windows. The bill would require the installation of child-safe windows during new construction or remodeling of public housing units.

 State Senator Art Linares.
State Senator Art Linares

Linares got the idea for the bill during a tour of the company’s Chester, Conn., location. The tour coincided with National Window Safety Week, which was established to heighten public awareness of ways to prevent accidental falls or injuries in the home. The bill coincided with Sen. Linares’ position in the legislature’s Planning and Development Committee. (He also previously served on the Committee on Children.)

The bill was referred to the Committee on Housing and was unanimously approved at the February 3 subject matter public hearing.

“Roto Frank of America offers window hardware which complies with ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) F-2090 Standards and which helps prevent such tragedies from occurring,” says Chris Dimou, president and CEO of Roto Frank of America. “Windows play a vital role in home safety, serving as a secondary escape route in the event of a fire or other emergency, but they can also pose a risk for a fall if safety measures are not followed.”

View SB 169, in its entirety, here.

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  1. Falling out of windows continues to be a serious problem for young children.We believe that education is one of the best way to save them.
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    Jim Parker, chair, Canadian Window and Balcony Safety Committee

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