Even though temperatures are beginning to drop in NYC, we often find ourselves opening our windows to let in that (somewhat) fresh New York City air. However, we must remember that an open window is an open invitation for an accident to occur. Even with the best supervision, kids are curious by nature and can easily fall through an open window.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates falls from windows result in an average of eight deaths annually, to children five years or younger. An estimated 3,300 children are treated each year in U.S. hospital emergency departments (Data from CPSC).
We are sharing with you our top tips for window safety so together we can think safe and act safe.
Adler Windows Top Tips For Window Safety:
- Do: Install window guards and window stops—window stops go on the side of the window tracks to keep the window from opening more than 4 inches.
- Do: If you have double-hung windows, make a conscious effort to open them from the top and NOT the bottom.
- Do: Keep furniture away from windows to limit a child’s access.
- Do: Select windows with tempered glass when possible as it is four times stronger than non-tempered glass and resists shattering into jagged shards when broken.
- Don’t: Leave windows open or unlocked when unnecessary.
- Don’t: Depend on screens to keep children safe. Screens keep bugs out; they don’t keep children in.
- Don’t: Leave unsupervised children around open/unlocked windows.
- Don’t: Forget about window and door safety when making repairs to your home.
Before opening windows where young children are present, today and every other day, take a moment and put safety first.