Enhancing Window SafetyBy Marvin Windows
It’s National Window Safety Week — a great time to take stock of what you can do to enhance safety in your home. Every year, thousands of children are injured in falls from windows — and one in every four of those children winds up in the hospital.
Marvin’s Window Opening Control Device for Ultimate Casements limits the window opening to 4 inches unless overridden in a two-step process. The limiter re-sets automatically each time the window is closed. Marvin also offers the device on its double hung products.
Here are some tips for window safety.
- Keep windows closed and locked when not in use.
- If you open windows for ventilation, choose windows not easily reached by children.
- Install a window opening control device to limit the width of the window opening.
- Keep blinds, cords and drapes secured out of the reach of children. Even better, check out Marvin’s new Interior Shades, featuring completely inaccessible cords.
- Don’t place furniture such as sofas, beds or bookcases under windows. Children can use the furniture to climb to the window opening.
- Never paint, nail or weatherstrip windows shut.
- Don’t rely on insect screens to prevent falls.
- Develop a family plan for escape during an emergency. In your plan, include two ways to escape from every room in case one way is blocked by fire or smoke.
- If windows are part of your escape plan, be sure to leave at least one window in every room unblocked by window insulating film, window air conditioners or other obstructions.
- Landscaping can provide a cushion to break falls should they occur. Consider landscaping beneath windows with wood chips, shrubs or other soft surfaces.