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For Immediate Release,
4/4/2013
Contact:
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307
kathy.lane@nsc.org
 
Safety tips to prevent window falls
National Safety Council recognizes National Window Safety Week, April 7-13
 
Itasca, IL – With springtime weather approaching, the National Safety Council takes the second week this April to focus on the importance of practicing window safety in the home. National Window Safety Week is designed to heighten awareness on how to prevent unintentional window falls and how windows can be properly used for emergency escape purposes. Falls from a window are extremely dangerous—especially for children—and can cause serious injuries or death.
 
“Tragic window falls can happen in just 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 safe.”
 
NSC offers these window safety tips to keep people safe year-round:
  • Provide extra supervision to children when near windows, balconies or patio doors
  • When opening windows for ventilation, only open ones that children cannot access
  • Insect screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in–do not rely on them to prevent falls
  • Be sure to practice your family’s emergency escape plan at least twice a year, and keep all exits clear of hazards like cords or toys
  • If there are children around, make sure to keep all reachable windows closed and locked
  • Make sure nothing is blocking or preventing a window from being opened in the case of an emergency
  • Install building code-compliant devices such as window guards (with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire)
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.
 
 
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