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Posted on: July 2, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Window Safety Tips


  • Open windows from the top down, especially when there are children in the home.

  • Set and enforce rules about keeping children's play away from windows or patio doors. Falling through an insect screen, open window or glass can be fatal or cause serious injury.

  • Keep furniture - or anything children can climb - away from windows. Children may use such objects as an aid to climb to an open window and potentially fall.

  • Keep your windows closed and locked when young children are present. When opening windows for ventilation, open windows that a child cannot reach.

  • The degree of injury sustained from a window fall can be affected by the surface on which the victim falls. Plant shrubs and soft edging like grass (or place wood chips) beneath windows to potentially lessen the impact if a fall does occur.

  • When performing spring repairs, make sure that your windows are not painted or nailed shut. You must be able to open them to escape in an emergency.

  • Do not install window air conditioners in windows that may be needed for escape or rescue in an emergency. The air conditioning unit could block or impede escape through the window.

  • Entry doors serve as the primary exits from a home. Windows provide a secondary (alternate) means of escape from a burning home or for other emergencies. Determine your family's emergency escape plan and practice it.

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