Itasca, IL – As warmer weather begins to arrive, the National Safety Council takes the first week in April to focus on the importance of practicing window safety in the home. National Window Safety Week is designed to educate parents and caregivers on how to prevent unintentional window falls and how windows can be properly used for emergency escape purposes. Falls from a window often result in serious injury or death and pose an especially dangerous threat for children.
“A tragic fall from a window can happen in seconds,” said Donna Stein-Harris, senior director of Safe Communities America for the National Safety Council. “When it comes to window safety, there is no substitute for the importance of adult supervision of children to help keep them safer.”
NSC offers these window safety tips to keep people safe year-round:
- Keep windows closed and locked when not in use for ventilation
- Avoid placing furniture that young children can climb on near windows
- Do not lean on screens or rely on them to prevent a window fall – insect screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in the home
- Supervise children to prevent them from playing near windows, balconies or patio doors
- Install building code-compliant devices such as window guards (with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire)
- Create soft landing surfaces (i.e. bushes or plant beds) to help prevent serious injuries in case of a fall
- Have and practice a family escape plan and teach children how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency
- When performing spring repairs, make sure windows are not painted or nailed shut as you must be able to open them to escape in an emergency
Visit the window safety section of the NSC website to learn more.
About the Window Safety Task Force
The Window Safety Task Force, formed in 1997 to promote greater awareness of window safety, is comprised of members representing the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), the Screen Manufacturers Association (SMA), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other organizations, as well as manufacturers of windows, doors and screens. More information can be found at nsc.org/windowsafetytaskforce.
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council (nsc.org) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact -- distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety and safety beyond the workplace.