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Founded by the National Safety Council, America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate, National Window Safety Week promotes all aspects of window safety: from preventing window falls to using windows as escape routes. National Window Safety Week is always the first full week of April. This year, National Window Safety Week is April 4-10, 2021.
As spring weather returns, you’re probably itching to open your windows for some fresh air. Before you do that, let’s go over some window safety tips to make sure your home is as safe as possible.
When most people think of window safety, they think of preventing falls, especially when it comes to children. To keep your little ones safe around windows, keep these window child safety tips in mind:
With these tips, you can prevent accidents and falls around windows. If you’d like to make your windows even safer, you can purchase a window safety kit to help you completely childproof your windows.
Escaping your home during an emergency isn’t something anyone likes to think about, but it’s necessary. In the case of a fire, it might be necessary to escape your home through a window if you cannot get out via your primary exit. Because of this, it’s important to know which windows in your home are viable escape routes and establish an emergency plan with your family.
For new construction homes, most building regulations require basements, attics, and each habitable room (bedrooms, living rooms) to have a fire escape window. Even if your home isn’t new construction, you should have a window that can be used as an egress, or escape window, in each of these rooms.
Keep in mind that not all windows can or should be escape windows. Egress windows should be:
More egress window safety tips: