In partnership with the National Safety Council, the Window Safety Task Force encourages parents and caregivers to recognize the importance of practicing window safety during Window Safety Week, being observed April 3-9. Though spring is arriving in most of North America, open windows any time of year can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised. From door and window suppliers to manufacturers and companies selling direct to the homeowner, the industry can take steps to spread the word.

“The warmer weather that comes in spring provides the opportunity to enjoy fresh air through open windows,” said Angela Dickson, co-chair of the Window Safety Task Force. “However, to avoid accidental falls, the task force asks those in the industry to share window safety tips to keep children safe – post tips on your website and share via social media to help spread the word. These simple steps could save a life.”

Each year, the Window Safety Task Force takes the first full week in April to educate on the importance of practicing window safety year-round. According to Safe Kids Worldwides 2015 Report to the Nation: Protecting Children in Your Home, about eight children under age five die from falling out a window, and more than 3,300 are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital annually.

To protect children, the Window Safety Task Force offers the following tips:

1. When young children are around, keep windows closed and locked.
2. When opening a window for ventilation, use those located out of a child’s reach.
3. Avoid placing furniture near windows to prevent young children from climbing.
4. Don’t allow children to jump on beds or other furniture to help reduce potential falls.
5. Don’t rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall. Insect screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in the home.
6. Supervise children to keep child’s play away from windows, balconies or patio doors.
7. Install ASTM F2090-compliant devices designed to limit how far a window will open or window guards (with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire or other emergency) to help prevent a fall.

For more information, visit the window safety sections of the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) websites.

Tell us about your efforts to spread the word regarding window safety. Post a comment here or email ttaffera@glass.com.

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