As part of Window Safety Week, the Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council works to give parents and caregivers an understanding of how windows can be used to escape a fire or other emergency situations and to learn about safeguarding against accidental window falls.

“The task force provides important information on how effective window safety practices and hardware can help significantly reduce the amount of window-fall related injuries, especially among children,” said Chris Griffin, Roto Frank of America’s research & development engineer and the company’s representative on the Window Safety Task Force.

It’s important for companies that sell and distribute windows to let customers know how dangerous open windows can be for young children if they are not properly supervised. While most windows have insect screens, they are designed to keep insects out, not children in. Insect screens cannot support a child’s weight to prevent them from falling out the window. That’s why installing window opening control devices (WOCDs) is vital as a fall-prevention measure.

Dealers and installers should let homeowners know whether such devices or guards comply with ASTM F2090. ASTM F2090-compliant window opening control devices (WOCDs) and guards can help prevent a child’s fall by limiting how far the window can open. They’re also equipped with release devices to allow for escape in case of an emergency.

Roto is the exclusive North American distributor of the Angel Ventlock, a WOCD. Angel Ventlocks (AVLs) can be both low-cost and effective without detracting from the appearance and function of the window. There are various forms of the Angel Ventlock; face-mounted, side-mounted, and mini versions that can be used in vinyl, wood and aluminum frames.

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