It’s been a long time coming but after a lengthy winter and numerous Nor’easters, temperatures are finally on the rise in New York City. While we are all eager to open our windows and let the fresh spring air in, 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 about eight deaths annually to children five years or younger. An estimated 3,300, children ages five and younger, are treated each year in U.S. hospital emergency departments (Data from CPSC).
In support of National Window Safety Week 2018 we are sharing with you our top tips 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, 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, this week and every other week, take a moment and put safety first.