National Window Safety Week: April 2-8, 2017

With the arrival of spring, many homeowners are eager to open windows and let in the fresh air. Each year, the Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council takes the first full week in April to educate on the importance of practicing window safety year-round. National Window Safety Week is designed to increase awareness on helping to prevent accidental window falls and the proper use of windows for emergency escape purposes.

>>>Falls from a window can result in serious injury or death and pose an especially dangerous threat for children. Every year, about eight children under age five die each year from falling out a window, and more than 3,300 are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital.<<<

Here are 3 tips to help keep your home safer and prevent window fall accidents from occurring:

Tip #1 – Install window guards and stops. Properly installed window guards are your best defense in preventing window falls. Window stops are also a good idea to help allow you to enjoy a fresh breeze while ensuring windows won’t open wide enough to invite a fall.

Tip #2 – Open windows from the top and close after use. If you have windows that can open from top and bottom, choose opening the top versus the bottom to prevent falls. Don’t leave opened windows unattended if small children are present.

Tip #3 – Be sure windows are clear of chairs, cribs or other furniture being too close in proximity, especially if you have crawlers or climbers.

The Window Safety Task Force recommends the following items be a part of your fire 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

At Sentry Window Guards, our business is to keep children safe by preventing window fall accidents from occurring. Visit here for more tips from the National Safety Council regarding emergency plans and preventing window falls. And remember if you reside in New York City, homeowners MUST have window guards on their windows BY LAW if children 10 years or younger are living in the home. For more information regarding our window guard products and our experience and leadership in understanding NYC safety requirements, contact us today!

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.

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Warmer weather means window safety is paramount. Please take some time to examine your windows and window guards for repair or replacement. We are happy to answer any questions you have and look forward to helping you keep your home and business safe for everyone, especially the children.

Keep the Promise of Safety to Your Children

sentry-window-guards-children-safetyEvery day you whisper a promise to your child, “I’ll always love you and keep you safe.” But keeping your home and children safe takes more than promises. It can only be done with safety awareness, planning and preventive action.

Falls are among the leading causes of injury and death in young children. That is why window guards play a critical role in home safety. Windows guards offer one of the fastest, easiest alternative ways to protect your children and in New York it’s the law!

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