Window Safety Week in April comes with the arrival of spring as this is the time when most people want to open their home windows and let the fresh air in.
Window safety week aims to target two things: understand how windows can be used in escaping a fire or other emergency and to learn to safeguard against accidental window falls.
Windows have saved many lives when used as emergency escape routes. In the event of a house fire, you want to be prepared. The following can be a good checklist for your family:
- Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut
- Never install air conditioners in windows that need to be used for escape routes
- Make sure window guards, security bars, grilles or grates have a working release mechanism
- Keep emergency escape ladders in second- or third-story bedrooms and make sure everyone in the household knows how to use them
It only takes seconds for a window fall to happen. Window falls are entirely preventable and occur more frequently in urban areas. You may not be aware, but window falls account for about eight deaths and 3,300 injuries among children 5 and younger each year.
April 3-9 is officially Window Safety Week, and our Hernando County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton encourage you to be safe and practice window safety year-round. The lives of your loved ones could depend on it.
We have compiled a list to help you prevent unnecessary window falls:
- Keep in mind that insect screens do not support the weight of a child
- Do not leave children unattended around open windows, whether they have a screen or not
- Windows that are within a child’s reach should stay closed
- Do not put furniture in front of windows as children can climb on furniture and possibly fall from an open window
- Refrain from putting a child’s play area near a window, balcony or patio