Parents and caregivers, balancing fresh air and safety is key, especially when it comes to our little adventurers. Safeguard your home ensuring all windows properly latch and are secure to prevent falling. Consider installing window opening control devices that are listed in accordance with ASTM F2090. While these are important to prevent falls, in the event of a fire, an escape through a window could also save a life. Teach your children about window safety as they grow, while also establishing an emergency escape plan that may include a window as an exit. Practice unlatching windows or removing stops/guards that are designated as secondary emergency exits on upper floors. A few additional tips to prevent window falls:
- When young children are around, keep windows closed and secured to prevent falls
- Always supervise children and keep areas around windows free of furniture that may enable climbing.
- Encourage play away from windows and balconies.
- Window screens are meant for bugs – they won’t prevent a fall and may create a false sense of security
Please contact the Fire Marshal at 360-642-5086 if you have any questions regarding the proper placement and operation of window guards and latches.