Thousands of people are rushed to the hospital every year after falling out of windows, with children the most common victims. However, windows, when used properly, can also save your life during a fire.
Here are key questions to ask when it comes to window safety.
Do You Keep Windows Closed When Children Are Around?
It’s important to keep windows shut and locked in the presence of children. If you need to open windows for ventilation, open ones that your children can’t reach. Never allow children to play near windows and patio doors as falling through the glass can result in serious injury. Move furniture or anything else children can climb on away from windows.
Does Your Family Have an Emergency Fire Escape Plan?
Formulate an emergency escape plan and make sure your family practices it regularly. Your plan must include two routes of escape from every room. Keep in mind that during an emergency, children may need to escape using a window. Teach them how to use a window safely during this situation. You should also have a safe meeting place outside. When planning a window replacement, make sure that your new windows meet local safety and fire codes.
Does Your Windows Have Guards, Grilles, Security Bars or Grates?
Windows with these features are useless during a fire or emergency if they don’t have a functioning release mechanism. Time is of the essence in the fire and the sooner you can escape, the better. You can consult your local fire department to learn about the right window guard placement.
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