Remember Window Safety Week

March 25, 2009
TIP OF THE WEEK

“We want to remind everyone about window safety in the communities we serve during National Window Safety Week and throughout the year,” says Dave Gordon, president and CEO of Regency Windows Corp. The Ohio-based dealer recently sent out a press release that carries some important messages that others might want to share with their customers and communities as well.

Every year, during the first full week of April, the National Safety Council, supported by a number of industry organizations, hosts National Window Safety Week, the Regency Windows release notes.  The company goes on to point out that, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • More than 4,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for window fall-related injuries each year.
  • About a dozen children, 10 years old and younger, die from their injuries each year.
  • Most of the deaths and injuries happen to children under the age of five.

“By following these basic tips, you can avoid unnecessary accidents from happening to you or your loved ones,” Gordon then explains:

  • 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. Consider replacing windows that do not meet these requirements.
  • Windows provide a secondary means of escape from a burning home. Determine your family's emergency escape plan and practice it. Help them learn to safely use a window under these circumstances.
  • Keep your windows closed and locked when children are around. When opening windows for ventilation, open windows that a child cannot reach, or in the case of a double-hung window, open the top sash only.
  • Set and enforce rules about keeping children's play away from windows or patio doors. Falling through the glass can be fatal or cause serious injury.
  • Keep furniture - or anything children can climb - away from windows. Children may use such objects as a climbing aid.
  • If you have young children in your home and are considering installing window guards or window fall prevention devices, be aware that the window guards you install must have a release mechanism so that they can be opened for escape in a fire emergency. Consult your local fire department or building code official to determine proper window guard placement.
  • Some homes may have window guards, security bars, grilles or grates already covering their windows. Those windows are useless in an emergency if the devices on them do not have a functioning release mechanism. Time is critical when escaping a fire.
  • 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. Always be sure that you have at least one window in each sleeping and living area that meets escape and rescue requirements.
  • The degree of injury sustained from a window fall can be affected by the surface on which the victim falls. Shrubs and soft edging like wood chips or grass beneath windows may lessen the impact if a fall does occur.

In reaching out to the media, Regency points out that additional window safety tips are available at the National Safety Council's Web site. It also invites consumers to contact the company at safety@regencywindow.com for more information.

Regency reports it has installed over 500,000 windows, patio doors and entry doors in Ohio since 1971. Committed to safety, training and service, the company was honored with the 2006 Window & Door Dealers of the Year Excellence in Installation Award.