Window Safety Tips
Windows provide a secondary means of
from a burning home. Determine your family's emergency escape plan
and practice it. Remember that children may have to rely on a window
to escape in a fire. Help them learn to safely use a window under
When performing spring repairs, take care to make
sure that your windows are not painted or nailed shut. You must be able
to open them to escape in an emergency.
Keep your windows closed and locked when children
are around. When opening windows for ventilation, open windows that a
child cannot reach, or in the case of a double-hung window, open the top
Set and enforce rules about keeping children's play
away from windows or patio doors. Falling through the glass can be fatal
or cause serious injury.
Keep furniture - or anything children can climb -
away from windows. Children may use such objects as a climbing aid.
If you have young children in your
home and are considering installing window guards or window fall
prevention devices, be aware that the window guards you install must
have a release mechanism so that they can be opened for escape in a fire
emergency. Consult your local fire department or building code official
to determine proper window guard placement.
Some homes may have window guards, security bars,
grilles or grates already covering their windows. Those windows are
useless in an emergency if the devices on them do not have a functioning
release mechanism. Time is critical when escaping a fire.
Do not install window air
conditioners in windows that may be needed for
escape or rescue in an emergency. The air
conditioning unit could block or impede escape
through the window. Always be sure that you have at
least one window in each sleeping and living area
that meets escape and rescue requirements.
The degree of injury sustained
from a window fall can be affected by the surface on
which the victim falls. Shrubs and soft edging like
wood chips or grass beneath windows may lessen the
impact if a fall does occur.
Information from National