National Window Safety week is recognized in April. This observance was designed by the National Safety Council and the National Window Safety Task Force as a way to teach parents and guardians how to prevent children from falling through windows. It's also a great opportunity to educate children about using windows as an escape route in case of an emergency.
Here are some window safety tips offered by the National Safety Council:
- Keep windows closed and locked when not in use for ventilation.
- Avoid placing furniture that young children can climb on near windows.
- Do not lean on screens or rely on them to prevent a window fall - insect screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in the home.
- Supervise children to prevent them from playing near windows, balconies or patio doors.
- Install building code-compliant devices such as window guards (with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire).
- Create soft landing surfaces (i.e. bushes or plant beds) to help prevent serious injuries in case of a fall.
- Have and practice a family escape plan and teach children how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency.
- When performing spring repairs, make sure windows are not painted or nailed shut as you must be able to open them to escape in an emergency.
Also, you may qualify for a tax credit if you are a homeowner and have replaced the windows in your home. Tax credits can be really hard to find, and this is a great one that can benefit your pocketbook and safety. Be sure to mention any replacements to your tax preparer.
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