Expansive windows and doors can frame a beautiful view and let natural light and airflow in, but they can also pose safety risks to family members and visitors.
To help prevent window and door related injuries, Andersen developed the Look Out For Kids® safety program, designed to help keep you and your loved ones safe and protected at home.
As the weather warms up across the country, many of us look forward to spending time outside and letting the fresh air in by opening our windows. When opening windows, it's important to remember that an open window can present a potential fall danger to a child.
Daunting as it may seem, implementing window safety is simple! Here are a few helpful dos and don'ts to keep in mind for optimal window safety:
Window SafetyDo's and Don'ts
- Close and lock windows and doors
- Position beds and other furniture away from windows
- Consider installing window opening control devices or window guards*
- Make an emergency escape plan, and include a window as one of the escape routes
- Leave young children unsupervised around open windows
- Depend on insect screens to keep children from falling out of windows
- Paint, nail or seal windows shut - you must be able to easily open them for escape or rescue in the event of a fire in your home
- Forget about window and door safety when making repairs to your home
Window and door safety can be fun too!
For downloadable activities to learn and play as a family, and for tips and information about the LookOut For Kids program, check out the window safety page.
*Select a window opening control device or window guard that complies with ASTM F2090