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April 7-13th is National Window Safety Week. Take some time to read the tips below and keep your family safe.

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Window Safety Tips:

  1. 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.
  2. Do not install window air-conditioner units in windows used in your emergency escape plan.
  3. Check to ensure your windows are not painted or nailed shut.
  4. Keep all closed windows locked, especially when children are around.
  5. Move all furniture, including beds, away from windows so children aren’t temped to climb onto windowsills.
  6. If you have double-hung windows, open them from the top rather than the bottom.
  7. 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.
  8. Do not rely on screens, they let air in and keep bugs out, but do not protect children from falling.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Make education fun! Teach your kids about window safety with this printable coloring book from the National Safety Council

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