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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Getting Out Safely During a Fire


As everyone knows, minutes count when there's a fire in the home.

During National Window Safety Week (April 7-13) the experts at Simonton Windows encourage all parents to review home evacuation plans with their children ... and to check to make sure their windows are fully operational.

Families with small children should pay special attention to windows and patio doors. Start with practicing home emergency fire drills. Show children the fastest safety route to the outside and make certain they know under what circumstances to use a window to exit a home. Since small children tend to “hide” from fire, make sure they understand how important it is to safely and quickly exit the home should a fire occur.

“If a door is hot to the touch or not safe to exit through during a fire, then both children and adults should exit through an open casement, double hung or slider window,” says Gary Pember, vice president of marketing with Simonton Windows. “Unless it is absolutely necessary, do not to break the window glass. Doing so could cause injury. During family safety drills, show children how to operate windows and how to use chain escape ladders that should be kept in all bedrooms located above ground level. Also establish a designated meeting place for the family outside the home.”

Pember also recommends that homeowners consult their window installers to make certain that their homes have windows with clear openings that meet egress requirements in the living spaces as required by state and local building codes. “Egress windows provide emergency exits in your home during a fire,” says Pember. “Make sure your home has the proper amount of egress windows in every room used as a bedroom and on any floor or basement level with habitable living space.”

For more window safety tips, call 1-800-SIMONTON to request a free copy of the easy-to-read, eight-page booklet, “A few things to think about when thinking about your home.”

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