Window Safety Week takes in the beginning of April and coincides with the arrival of Spring. The Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council provides information about safeguarding against window falls and proper techniques for maintaining an open window. The Window Safety Task Force includes members representing the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), among others.
Open windows can be dangerous for young children if the child is not properly supervised. While most windows have insect screens, the screens cannot support a child’s weight to prevent them from falling out the window.
Chris Griffin, Roto Frank of America’s Research & Development Engineer and Roto’s representative on the Window Safety Task Force said, “WSW brings awareness to child fall prevention and is timed perfectly just as people are opening their windows for the first time of the year. The spring is also a good time to move any furniture away from a window that gives a child easy access to a window. It is important to make sure you have the right fall protection devices in your windows to prevent accidents.”
Installing Window Opening Control Devices (WOCDs) is a very important safeguarding measure for homes. Check the manufacturer’s product information to make sure such devices or guards comply with ASTM F2090. ASTM F2090-compliant WOCDs and guards can help prevent a child’s fall by limiting how far the window can open but are also equipped with release devices to allow for escape in case of an emergency.
Roto is the exclusive North American distributor of the Angel Ventlock, a WOCD. Angel Ventlocks (AVLs) can be both low-cost and incredibly effective without detracting from the appearance and function of the window. There are various forms of the Angel Ventlock; face-mounted, side-mounted, and mini versions that can be used in vinyl, wood, and aluminum frames.
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Roto North America is comprised of Roto Frank of America, Inc. in Chester, Connecticut and Roto Fasco Canada, Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Both locations manufacture window and door hardware, which offers solutions for North American and European applications. RFA and RFC are wholly owned subsidiaries of Roto Frank AG, a global leader in window and door hardware, with 18 production plants and more than 40 subsidiaries worldwide.
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