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Window safety tips from Marvin Windows and Doors

By Marvin Windows April 3, 2012

Keep families safe with tips for National Window Safety Week – and a new window opening control device that limits openings to 4 inches

WARROAD, Minn., April 3, 2012 – The first week of April is National Window Safety Week. Marvin Windows and Doors hopes every family can be safer by following these simple tips.

Marvin's window opening control deviceMarvin is offering a new, factory-installed window opening control device on its popular Ultimate Casement line of crank-out windows, as well as a field-applied option on the Ultimate Double Hung. The window opening control device is intended to limit window openings to 4 inches, yet is easily opened by adults.

First, some common-sense window safety tips:

  • 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 window opening.
  • Keep blinds, cords and drapes secured out of the reach of children.
  • 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.

Marvin’s new casement Window Opening Control Device, which meets the ASTM F2090-10 standard, 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 already offers the device (field-applied) on its double hung products, but is now expanding that option to casements (factory-applied).

“We expect this intuitive device to be well received as a solution, whether legislation requires it or not,” said Christine Marvin, director of marketing for Marvin Windows and Doors. “We’re certain that builders and owners across the entire housing spectrum will appreciate the value of a high-quality, factory-installed window control opening device for casement products.”

Marvin dealers can offer complete information.

For more information on window safety, take advantage of two FREE printed resources from the National Safety Council:

  • “Keeping the Promise of Safety” brochure provides helpful window safety tips. Individual brochures may be downloaded from the National Safety Council web site.
    • For larger quantities (in quantities of 100), you may order from the National Safety Council by contacting NSC Customer Service at 800-621-7619. Ask for the “Keeping the Promise of Safety” brochure, product number 00006-6215.
  • A free Window Safety Information Kit includes the “Keeping the Promise of Safety Brochure,” as well as Window Safety Tip Sheets, Window Safety Checklist, Window Safety Press Release, and Window Safety Activity and Coloring Book.

This kit is available free from the National Safety Council by contacting NSC Customer Service at 800-621-7619. Ask for the “Window Safety Information Kit,” product number 00006-6210. You may order these in any quantity.