Window Safety Week is April 5-11, 2020 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 was formed in 1997 to promote greater awareness of window safety. The task force is comprised of members representing the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA), the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the Screen Manufacturers Association (SMA) in cooperation with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and other organizations, as well as manufacturers of windows, doors and screens.
Windows serve an important role in our lives by letting in natural light and fresh air when open, and by keeping out the elements when they’re closed. Some windows ─ larger units called egress or emergency escape and rescue windows ─ can take on an even greater role if we need to escape quickly in the event of a fire or other emergency, or if rescue workers need to enter through them in emergency situations.
However, open windows any time of year can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised. Proper safety measures and supervision are even more important now, as the spread of COVID-19 has led to many families worldwide staying indoors for long periods of time. Also, the CDC has also recommended opening outside doors and windows to increase are circulation.
Falls from a window can result in serious injury or death and pose an especially dangerous threat for children. Every year, about eight children under age five die from falling out a window, and more than 3,300 are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital.* 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 Design Engineering Managers and Roto’s representative on the Window Safety Task Force said, “Window Safety Week brings awareness to child fall prevention and is timed perfectly just as people are opening their windows for the first time of the year. It is important to make sure you have the right fall protection devices in your windows to prevent accidents. Families and caregivers should take this time to go over proper window safety and fire escape plans with children, so they learn to safely use a window under emergency circumstances.”
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.
* According to Safe Kids Worldwide’s 2015 Report to the Nation: Protecting Children in Your Home
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