National Window Safety Week: Boys more at risk than girls for falls from windowsBy Marvin Windows
Keep children safe with tips for National Window Safety Week – and a new window opening control device from Marvin® Windows and Doors
WARROAD, Minn., April 4, 2013 – Boys are more at risk than girls for falls from windows, according to a national study (PDF) that looked at nearly 100,000 falls by children treated in emergency rooms over nearly two decades. Published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the study found that boys accounted for 58 percent of falls, with girls accounting for 42 percent.
With the United States observing 2013 National Window Safety Week from April 7-13, Marvin Windows and Doors hopes every family can be safer by following some simple tips. But first, some additional facts from the study of child falls:
- The average age of the children who fell was 5 years old
- 94 percent of the children fell from either a second-story (63%) or first-story (31%) window
- One-fourth of the falls led to a hospital admission
- Of the children who were injured, 49 percent suffered head or facial injuries
- 86 percent of the children were not engaging in risky behavior when they fell, according to their caregivers
Marvin 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.
Help keep your family safe with these common-sense window safety tips from Marvin Windows and Doors:
- No precaution or device is a substitute for careful supervision of young children. Never leave children unsupervised.
- Keep windows closed and locked when not in use.
- Keep window opening control devices securely engaged unless needed for use in an emergency.
- If you open windows for ventilation, choose windows not easily reached by children.
- Keep blinds, cords and drapes secured out of the reach of children.
- Don’t place furniture such as sofas, beds or bookcases under windows.
- Never paint, nail or weatherstrip windows shut.
- Don’t rely on insect screens to prevent falls — 83 percent of falls are from screened windows.
- 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.
- Window opening control devices are intended to help protect against accidental window falls by children age 5 and younger. Teach household members 6 and older how to operate the release mechanism in case of emergency.
- 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.
- Regularly test and verify operability of escape windows and window opening control device release mechanisms.
- 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,” said Christine Marvin, director of marketing for Marvin Windows and Doors. “We’re certain that builders and homeowners 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.