To protect children, the Window Safety Task Force offers these tips:
1. When young children are around, keep windows closed and locked.
2. When opening a window for ventilation, use those located out of a child’s reach.
3. Avoid placing furniture near windows to prevent young children from climbing and gaining access to an open window.
4. Don’t allow children to jump on beds or other furniture; this helps reduce potential falls.
5. Don’t rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall. Insect screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in the home.
6. Supervise children to keep child’s play away from windows, balconies or patio doors.
7. Install ASTM F2090 compliant devices, designed to limit how far a window will open, or window guards (with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire or another emergency) to help prevent a fall.
8. Teach your child how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency, such as a fire.
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