5 Tips to Help Prevent Window Cord Strangulation

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately one child a month dies as a result of window cord strangulation. “Window cord strangulations are one of the top hidden hazards in the home,” explains CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “CPSC recommends that only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children.” The Window Covering Safety Council encourages parents with infants and young children to follow these prevention tips:

  1. Make sure all furniture, especially cribs, beds and other climbable surfaces aren’t near windows.
  2. Keep all window cords out of reach from infants and young children.
  3. When possible, install only cordless window coverings.
  4. If cords are on window coverings, but sure they are as short as possible. Continuous-loop pull cords, often found on draperies and vertical blinds, should be taunt and anchored to the wall or the floor.
  5. Inspect cord stops for proper installation and adjust to limit inner-cord movement.

Keeping our children safe is a parent’s number one priority. We urge you to follow these 5 tips to help prevent window cord strangulation. If you are unable to replace your window coverings with the safer products on the market today, the Window Covering Safety Council offers free retrofit kits.

At Sentry Window Guards we make it our mission to help keep families safe. While our business is to help prevent falls from windows, we also recognize the importance of preventing window cord strangulation in infants and young children. For more information regarding our window guard products and our experience and leadership in understanding New York City safety requirements, contact us today!

5 Tips to Protect Your Children at Home

At Sentry Window Guards, we understand how dangerous a fall from a window can be. In fact, by law in NYC, anyone with children 10 years or under must have window guards on their windows. On average about 5,000 kids fall each year from windows in the U.S. But did you know that approximately six kids per day die from all types of injuries in the home and 3.5 million kids are seen in the emergency department for these types of injuries? Here are 5 tips to help you protect your children in your home and keep them safe:

  1. FULL ATTENTION – Parents get busy. We get that. However if you have a young child in the bathtub or around water, please give them your full and undivided attention. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1-4.
  1. CHECK BATTERIES – Check smoke alarm batteries every six months to help reduce the risk of death by home fires. A working smoke alarm can reduce this risk by half.
  1. CRIB SAFETY – Be sure and keep cribs clear of objects such as stuffed animals, bumpers and blankets. Hundreds of infants die each year due to suffocation or strangulation because of these objects in the crib.
  1. MEDICINES & CLEANING PRODUCTS – Make sure and keep all medicines and cleaning products up and away from curious little hands. Don’t leave medications on nightstands or kitchen/bathroom counters if children can reach them. Avoiding storing cleaning products under kitchen sinks unless you install childproof locks.
  1. WINDOW GUARDS & SAFETY GATES – We’ve already mentioned how many kids fall each year in the U.S. from windows. Reduce this risk by installing window guards. We also recommend installing safety gates to keep children from falling down stairs. On average, 93,000 children age 5 and under are seen in the emergency department for stair-related injuries.

At Sentry Window Guards we make it our mission to help keep families safe. While our business is to help prevent falls from windows, we also recognize other types of in-home injuries that affect children. We hope these 5 tips are taken seriously and will help you protect your children from home injuries. For more information regarding our window guard products and our experience and leadership in understanding NYC safety requirements, contact us today!

 

3-Year-Old Boy Falls to His Death in Manhattan

Sentry Window Guards is sad to report a fatal fall involving a 3-year-old boy from a 13th story apartment building window last week. By law in NYC, anyone with children 10 years or under must have window guards on all windows. However, if the window guards aren’t properly installed, it’s the same as if you didn’t have them installed at all. When a window guard is properly installed, there is no way possible a 3 year-old could remove it. Unfortunately that was the case in this tragic event and the window guard was found on the ground near the boy’s lifeless body. Read the full story here.

At Sentry Window Guards we make it our mission to help keep families safe. If you don’t have window guards or you aren’t sure your window guards are properly installed, please contact us today. On average about 5,000 kids fall each year from windows in the U.S. Let’s reduce this risk and prevent these types of tragedies by installing window guards properly.

For more information regarding our window guard products and our experience and leadership in understanding NYC safety requirements, contact us today.

Seven year old girl survives fall from 4-story window in the Bronx

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Happy National Window Safety Week, April 3-9

National Window Safety Week is April 3-9, 2016 and Sentry Window Guards wants to remind everyone how important it is to have safe windows!

Why is Window Safety Week Important?

Window Safety Week happens at the start of each spring when folks are eager to open the windows in their homes to enjoy fresh air. The Window Safety Task Force states that its “goal is two-fold:

1. For families to understand the role of windows in escaping a fire or other emergency and

2. to learn to safeguard against accidental window falls.”

We hope that you will take 5 minutes to watch this video in an effort to prevent your child from falling out of a window.

Windows Can be a Lifeline in an Emergency Situation

Windows, as emergency escape routes, are the reason that many lives have been saved. How prepared is your family to to escape the potential of a fire emergency? There won’t be time to figure it all out when the disaster strikes. We hope that you will consider developing and testing an escape plan this week and practice it with your family at least twice a year.

The Window Safety Task Force suggests these items be a part of your emergency plan:

  • Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut
  • Do not install air conditioners in windows that may be needed for escape
  • Make sure at least one window in each bedroom meets escape and rescue requirements
  • 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- or third-story bedrooms and teach everyone in the home how to use them

For more tips, visit the National Safety Council’s website and remember in New York, by law anyone with children 10 years or under must have window guards on their windows. Read more here or give us a call with any questions you may have.

 

Formed in 1997, the Window Safety Task Force works year-round in conjunction with NSC, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Safe Kids Worldwide, the International Code Council and other safety advocates to promote window safety awareness.