Window safety measures offered

| April 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

National Safety Council
News Release

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Windows play a vital role in home safety, serving as a secondary escape route in the event of a fire or other emergency.

They can also pose a safety risk if certain safety measures are not followed.

Take some time to promote window safety awareness with all your family members.

Talk to them about the importance of using windows in an emergency, as well as the risk of falls from windows.

Also, take the time to walk through your home to ensure that areas around all windows are clear of items that can be used as a climbing aid.

When it comes to window safety, there’s no substitute for the adult supervision of children.

Some safety measures can also mitigate risks.

Below are tips from the National Safety Council to help your family understand the important role of windows as an escape — and their risks.

•Windows can serve as emergency escape routes. Every family member should know how to operate windows used for fire emergencies. Delays in escaping from a fire cost lives and increase injuries. Often, paint, dirt or weathering can seal a window shut. Make sure your windows open easily from the inside and are not blocked by furniture or other objects.

•Doors serve as the primary exits. Windows provide a secondary means of escape from a burning home or for other emergencies. Determine your family’s emergency escape plan and practice it. Remember that children may have to rely on a window escape in a fire situation. Help them learn to safely use a window in these circumstances.

Window Safety

Preventing falls from windows is as important as learning how to use one in an emergency.

Unattended children run the greatest risk of falls and injuries, so the best first step is to carefully watch your children as they play.

Nothing can substitute for careful supervision.

If you need ventilation, open only those windows that children cannot reach.

Be sure to keep furniture, or anything children can climb on, away from windows.

Teach your children not to play near windows, and keep your windows closed and locked when children are around.

Finally, set and enforce rules about keeping children’s play away from windows or patio doors because falling through the glass can cause serious injury or result in a fatality.

Never depend on insect screens to prevent falls. Insect screens are designed to provide ventilation.

They will not hold a child’s weight against them.

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