“Windows and doors do more than provide views, sunlight and breezes. They can offer an important path to escaping a fire or emergency; yet left open, they can also be a potential fall hazard,” said Andersen Corporation Director Mark Mikkelson. ”As we open our windows to the fresh air, Andersen offers five simple safety tips that remind us all to look out for safety.”
|Top 5 Tips for Window Safety|
|1.||Always close and lock windows and doors|
|2.||For ventilation, open windows that children can’t reach. Children can quickly climb to window ledges and sills and fall.|
|3.||Don’t rely on insect screens to prevent falls. Insect screens are designed to provide ventilation and keep bugs out|
|4.||Consider installing window opening control devices or window guards*|
|5.||Position beds and other furniture away from windows|
The Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council strives to provide educational information and heighten safety awareness to help consumers take the necessary action to prevent the risk of window falls and to understand the vital role windows and doors play in fire safety.
Working in conjunction with the National Safety Council, trade associations and their representatives from the window, door and screen manufacturing industries are voluntarily teaming up to help educate and inform the public of the importance of taking proactive measures to enhance safety in the home.