Window Safety

Be Smart; Be Safe

April 1-7 is Window Safety Week 2018

Windows let in light and fresh air, and can provide breathtaking views, but they also are vital to safety. It's important to understand what you can do to observe window safety, especially when young children are in the home.

Window Safety Week in April coincides with the arrival of spring, when homeowners naturally want to open the windows and bask in the warmer weather—which brings associated hazards. Children see the world’s wonder before they may see its dangers. By following basic window safety tips, you can help prevent injuries related to windows and doors.

Do's and Don'ts

DO'S

  • Close and lock windows.
  • Position beds and other furniture away from windows.
  • Keep blinds, cords, drapes, etc. out of children’s reach.
  • Consider installing window opening control devices or window guards.
  • Keep patio doors, storm doors and entrance doors locked.
  • Consider window placement when landscaping your home. Plant shrubs under windows.
  • Develop a family escape plan.
  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are in working condition.

DONT'S

  • Don't leave young children unsupervised.
  • Don't depend on insect screens to keep children from falling out of windows.
  • Don't apply energy-efficient films and coverings to windows designated in your family emergency plan as escape or rescue windows.
  • Don't paint, nail or weatherstrip windows shut.
  • Don't forget about window and door safety when making repairs to the interior or exterior of your home.

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