8 tips to practice window safety, prevent tragedy
The Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council encourages parents and caregivers to recognize the importance of practicing window safety year-round.
To protect children, the Window Safety Task Force offers these tips:
- When young children are around, keep windows closed and locked.
- When opening a window for ventilation, use those located out of a child’s reach.
- Avoid placing furniture near windows to prevent young children from climbing and gaining access to an open window.
- Don’t allow children to jump on beds or other furniture; this helps reduce potential falls.
- 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.
- Supervise children to keep child’s play away from windows, balconies or patio doors.
- 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 another emergency) to help prevent a fall.
- Teach your child how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency, such as a fire.
Follow the Window Safety Task Force on Twitter and Facebook for more tips and updates on this safety issue.
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