Date: 22 March 2022
However, open windows any time of year can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised.
“The warmer weather that comes in spring provides the opportunity to enjoy fresh air through open windows,” said Angela Dickson, Co-Chair of the Window Safety Task Force. “However, to avoid accidental falls, the task force asks those in the industry to share window safety tips to keep children safe – post tips on your website and share via social media to help spread the word. These simple steps could save a life.”
Each year, the Window Safety Task Force takes the first full week in April to educate on the importance of practicing window safety year-round. Annually, 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.*
To protect children, the Window Safety Task Force offers the following tips:
- When young children are around, keep windows closed and locked.
- When opening a window for ventilation, use those located out of a child’s reach.
- Avoid placing furniture near windows to prevent young children from climbing.
- Don’t allow children to jump on beds or other furniture to help reduce potential falls.
- Don’t rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall. Insect screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in the home.
- Supervise children to keep child’s play away from windows, balconies or patio doors.
- Install ASTM F2090-compliant devices designed to limit how far a window will open or window guards (with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire or other emergency) to help prevent a fall.
Visit the window safety sections of the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) and Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) websites to learn more. Follow the Window Safety Task Force on Twitter and Facebook for more tips and updates on this important safety issue. The task force will also be starting a new Instagram account for 2022. Additionally, an infographic providing window safety tips is available for download and use on social media.
*According to Safe Kids Worldwide’s 2015 Report to the Nation: Protecting Children in Your Home.
About the Window Safety Task Force
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 FGIA and the WDMA in cooperation with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and other organizations, as well as manufacturers of windows, doors and screens. The National Safety Council is a mission-based organization, focusing on eliminating the leading causes of preventable death so people can live their fullest lives.