April 7-13th is National Window Safety Week. Take some time to read the tips below and keep your family safe.
- Windows are a secondary escape route in case of fire. Create an escape plan and practice with your kids so that they know what to do in an emergency.
- Do not install window air-conditioner units in windows used in your emergency escape plan.
- Check to ensure your windows are not painted or nailed shut.
- Keep all closed windows locked, especially when children are around.
- Move all furniture, including beds, away from windows so children aren’t temped to climb onto windowsills.
- If you have double-hung windows, open them from the top rather than the bottom.
- Install window guards in your windows to prevent children from falling out. They are easy to install and are available at most hardware stores. Be sure to choose a model with an emergency release in case of fire.
- Do not rely on screens, they let air in and keep bugs out, but do not protect children from falling.
- If you are on a lower level, consider planting shrubs or soft grass below windows in case a fall occurs. The softer material will help to reduce the impact.
- Most importantly, supervision is the best way to prevent falls. Keep a close eye on your children and read these additional tips for families with young kids.
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