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WINDOW SAFETY AND FALL PREVENTION

Window Safety Week, recognized every year during the first full week in April, serves as an reminder of recognizing the importance of window safety and fall prevention year-round. This week is designed to heighten the awareness of what parents and caregivers should do to help keep their homes and families safer from the risk of accidental falls or injuries through windows.

In the spring, with the arrival of warmer weather, many homeowners begin to open windows for ventilation. However, open windows can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised. While the number of falls from windows is generally small compared with other recorded child injuries, a fall from a window can result in serious injury or even death.

Window Safety and Fall Prevention Tips

The Window Safety Task Force offers these tips to protect children from window falls:

  • Avoid the placement of furniture near windows to prevent children from climbing
  • Do not rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall
  • Keep children’s play away from open windows and doors
  • Install building code-compliant devices designed to limit how far a window will open or window guards with release mechanisms to help prevent a fall
  • Teach your child how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency

Resources
Though Window Safety Week is an important annual reminder, window safety education should be ongoing, occurring throughout the year. To help teach children about window safety, an activity book is available on the task force’s website, as well as additional information for parents and caregivers. More information can be found by visiting  the National Safety Council (NSC) website.

"Keeping the Promise of Safety" Brochure
Window Safety Tips
Window Safety Checklist
Window Safety Activity and Coloring Book
"Fire Escape and Window Safety: A Balanced Approach"
 
Order Window Safety Brochures
Larger quantities of the "Keeping the Promise of Safety" brochure (product number: 00006-6215) may be ordered from the National Safety Council in quantities of 100. To order, contact the NSC Customer Service at (800) 621-7619 and indicate the product number. These brochures are available free of charge.

About the Window Safety Task Force
The Window Safety Task Force (WSTF), comprised of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the Screen Manufacturers Association (SMA) in cooperation with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), works to heighten the awareness of what parents and caregivers should do to help keep their homes and families safer from the risks of accidental falls.

The WSTF was formed in 1997 in response to the growing concern about window safety and accidents caused by falls. At this time, the fenestration industry launched a window safety campaign, and AAMA joined forces with industry associations and groups, and in conjunction with the NSC, established Window Safety Week, in order to heighten awareness about what actions homeowners can take to establish window safety and fall prevention as a year-round safety priority.



  • When it comes to children’s safety there is no substitute for proper adult supervision. Adults need to be vigilant about supervising children’s indoor play, especially near windows and balcony doors.

    Donna Stein Harris
    National Safety Council
    Senior Director of Off-the-Job Initiatives
  • National Window Safety Week is the perfect time to review window safety in the home. A fall from a window can happen in a matter of seconds, often resulting in serious injury or death. It is important for parents and caregivers to take precautions to prevent such falls from occurring. Remember to always keep windows closed and locked when children are around. When opening a window for ventilation, be sure it is out of a child’s reach.

    Donna Stein-Harris
    National Safety Council
    Senior Director of Off-the-Job Initiatives
  • Window safety is not only an important issue in our industry but in our daily lives, as proper precautions can help ensure the well-being of young children. AAMA is proud to partner with the National Safety Council and other industry organizations to provide education that will keep families safer and aid in the prevention of accidental falls and injuries through windows.

    Rich Walker
    AAMA
    President and CEO
  • The balance between window safety and emergency escape routes should be common knowledge in your household. Explain the dangers associated with playing around windows, and more importantly the life saving role of windows in case of a fire.

    Rich Walker
    AAMA
    President and CEO


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