In conjunction with June’s National Safety Month, sponsored by the National Safety Council, experts at Simonton Windows remind homeowners to practice safe operations daily of their home’s windows.
“Especially in households with young children, window safety should be a primary concern on a daily basis,” says Gary Pember, vice president of marketing for Simonton Windows. “We recommend that parents of youngsters adopt an extremely cautious attitude with children and the windows in their home.
“At a young age children should be taught to stay away from windows for their own safety. Parents can help safeguard children in the home by keeping furniture (including cribs) and anything else a child can climb on, away from windows. And, if your home has Double Hung windows, open only the top part of the window that children cannot reach, to allow for ventilation.”
Pember offers these timely tips for window safety in the home:
Tip #1 – Develop and practice emergency exit strategies in the case of a fire for everyone in the family. Make sure second floor bedrooms have approved safety chain ladders.
Tip #2 - Remember the primary purpose of a window screen is to keep insects outside. Never push on screens, as they will not support the weight of a child or family pet.
Tip #3 - Lock windows when not in use to protect against intruders and make it more difficult for curious young children to open windows.
Tip #4 - Do not paint or nail windows shut. Every window in the home that is designed to be opened should be operational in case of an emergency.
Tip #5 - Refrain from nailing or attaching decorative lights to the interior or exterior of window frames.
Tip #6 - Plant shrubs or grass, and place “soft landscaping” like bark or mulch, directly underneath windows to help lessen the impact should someone accidently fall out of a window.
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