National Window Safety Week
National Window Safety Week started yesterday, and will continue through April 11th. While most people do not consider the safety risks that are associated with windows, there are plenty to think about. Each year, over 3,300 children are sent to the hospital from falling out of a window, which can be easily prevented. Keep these tips in mind to help ensure that the smallest members of your family stay safe at your home.
- There is no substitute for supervision when it comes to keeping your children safe. Always keep an eye on your children, and make sure that they stay a safe distance away from windows when they are playing.
- Keep all of your windows closed and locked when children are around.
- If you open a window for ventilation in your house, make sure to only open a window that is too high for your child to reach.
- If you have a double hung window on a second story of your house, open the top sash of the window while keeping the bottom sash closed for ventilation.
- Never rely on a screen to help prevent a fall since they are not designed to hold the weight of a person, no matter how small they are.
- Keep all furniture away from windows, since children could climb up the furniture and fall out of the window.
- Do not let your child jump on beds or any other furniture, since it could provide enough spring to cause them to fall out the window.
- If you have children in your home, equip all of your windows with an ASTM approved fall prevention device, such as limited opening hardware which will only allow a window to open a few inches.
When looking for the right windows to keep your family safe, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.