April 6, 2011 8:15 am
RISMEDIA, April 6, 2011-Whether gearing up for spring cleaning, new landscaping projects or home improvement tasks, Pella Corporation encourages families to add "window safety review" to their springtime to-do lists. Simple actions now can help protect the safety of loved ones all year.
April 3-9 is National Window Safety Week-an annual reminder to parents and caregivers about how to help prevent accidental window falls or injuries and how to use windows for potential emergency escapes. Pella Corporation teamed up with the National Safety Council (NSC) to promote year-round window safety tips.
"As you open windows to let in fresh breezes, it's also a good time to keep window safety in mind," said Kathy Krafka Harkema, Pella spokesperson and a NSC Window Safety Task Force member. "For safety's sake, adults need to supervise children at play, and teach them to keep their play away from windows and doors."
About 4,700 children in the U.S. are injured by falls from windows each year, according to window safety organization The Timothy Healy Foundation (www.windowsafe.org/). In many cases, the fall occurred within the child's own home. More than 70% of window falls are from the second or third story; however, even falling from a first-floor window can cause injury, according to the foundation.
"Remember that insect screens are not designed to keep children or adults from falling," Krafka Harkema said. For greater safety, don't lean on screens. "Insect screens simply help keep bugs out; they don't protect your family members from accidental falls."
Window safety tips to practice year-round:
-Keep furniture like beds or dressers away from windows. Furniture placed directly under a window can create an enticement for a child to climb and the potential to fall.
-Keep children's play away from windows, doors and balconies to help prevent an accidental fall or injury.
-Remember, insect screens are designed to provide ventilation and to keep insects out, not to prevent falls. For added safety in children's bedrooms, consider installing window guards or window fall prevention devices that meet American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards.
-Window treatments with traditional cords can contribute to childhood injuries. For added protection, choose blinds and shades with no room-side cords.
-Plant soft shrubs like boxwoods under exterior windows that might be used as an emergency escape route to help soften a fall.
-While spring cleaning, do a "clutter sweep" and remove tripping hazards near window, doors or balconies.
-Do not allow children to jump on beds, especially ones near windows.
"Whether you're in an existing home or moving to a new one, take a few minutes now to review window safety tips," Krafka Harkema said. "Simple changes now could help protect your loved ones and decrease the risk of accidental falls."
For more information, visit www.pella.com.
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