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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds everyone that it only takes 5 minutes to prevent a child from falling out a window.
Windows let in light and fresh air, and can provide breathtaking views, but they also are vital to safety. It's important to understand what you can do to observe window safety, especially when young children are in the home.
Window Safety Week in April coincides with the arrival of spring, when homeowners naturally want to open the windows and let in fresh air. Its goal is twofold: For families to understand the role of windows in escaping a fire or other emergency and to learn to safeguard against accidental window falls.
The Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council proudly observes Window Safety Week each year during the first full week of April. Print our
window safety brochure,
checklist and kids' activity book, and share them with everyone in your household so they are aware of their role in window safety. Our hope is that these lessons will last a lifetime.
Windows have saved many lives when used as emergency escape routes. Larger, egress windows can take on an even greater role by preventing families from being trapped in a basement and by more easily allowing rescue crews to enter the home.
How prepared are you to escape a fire? You will likely have little time to think, which is why it is essential to develop and test an escape plan at least twice a year with everyone in the home.
As part of your
home escape plan:
According to SafeKids.org:
"It only takes seconds for a preventable window fall to occur," said Amy Artuso, program manager at NSC. "To avoid these needless tragedies, it is very important for parents and caregivers to take steps to prevent home falls."
Do you ever think about your windows, other than how dirty they are getting? Take a few minutes now to consider what you can do to help keep your loved ones safe around windows, and commit these rules to memory:
While April 3-9 is officially Window Safety Week this year, we encourage you to practice window safety year-round. Lives depend on it.
Formed in 1997, the Window Safety Task Force works year-round in conjunction with NSC, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Safe Kids Worldwide, the International Code Council and other safety advocates to promote window safety awareness. Members include representatives from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association, the Screen Manufacturers Association and other organizations.
It's important to protect children from falls while still keeping windows accessible for escape during a fire.
Get the whole family involved with window safety by sharing this fun activity book with your children.
You whisper a promise to your child, "I'll always keep you safe." But it takes more than promises; it takes planning.
The NSC Window Safety Task Force has compiled information you can use to promote window safety.