Learning the importance of practicing window safety is a must for everyone. This is why the Window Safety Task Force of National Safety Council has a full week of seminar every year that aims to increase awareness of window safety and security. The said seminar is designed to help prevent window falls and proper use of windows as emergency escape or exit.
According to records, about 8 children under age 5 die each year from falling out a window and around 3,300 are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital. One child per month dies from window cords strangulation and one will be treated to hospital following a near strangulation. Because of this shocking numbers and statistics, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission rank windows as one of the top 5 hidden hazards in home.
To prevent accidents and life threatening situations, here are some window safety tips that Window Safety Task Force recommends.
When young children are around, keep windows closed and locked. Better yet, keep them away from windows and doors. Make them play at the center of the room as much as possible.
If you need to open the window for ventilation, open those that are out of the child’s reach.
Don’t place furniture or any kind of materials that kids can use to climb up near the windows.
Install code-compliant devices designed to limit how far a window will open. Install window guards with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire to help prevent accidents or fall.
Teach the kids on how to safely use a window as an emergency exit in case of fire or related incidents. An emergency exit drill is also highly recommended so the kids will have a firsthand experience about it.
It will only take few seconds for a preventable window related accident to occur. Don’t take any chances for the safety of the people you love. Follow these tips and make sure that your windows are safe and secured all year round.