Window safety is an often overlooked part of a home safety plan. Make sure your windows can provide safe exit in an emergency and use these tips to prevent small children from falling out of open windows.
As emergency escape routes, windows save lives. Make sure your windows are not obstructed should you need to flee quickly:
- Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut.
- Never install air-conditioners in windows that may be needed for escape and rescue situations.
- Window guards, security bars, grilles or grates render windows useless in an emergency unless they have a release mechanism; update them if necessary.
- Develop an emergency escape plan and practice it during the day and at night.
- Keep emergency escape ladders in second and third story bedrooms and teach everyone in the home how to use them.
Windows also present dangerous fall hazards to small children. To prevent a devastating accident:
- Remember that insect screens cannot support a child’s weight.
- Never leave small children unattended around open windows, with or without a screen.
- Widows within a child’s reach should remain closed.
- Never place furniture under windows. Children can climb on the furniture and potentially fall from an open window.
- Keep children’s play areas away from windows, balconies, or patio doors.
Source: The National Safety Council and Safekids.org.