At Balfour Beatty Communities, we designate April as a time to focus on window safety. Spring is the perfect time to open the windows and embrace the fresh air but it is important to raise awareness for what can be done to help keep families safe from the risk of accidental falls or other window-related injuries. Here at BBC, safety is important to us, and we would like to share some window safety knowledge with our residents in order to protect our communities.
Preventing window falls
Preventing falls out of windows is just as important as learning how to use one in an emergency. Unattended children run the greatest risk of falls and injuries, so the best first step is to carefully watch your children as they play. Nothing can substitute for careful supervision.
Do you keep windows shut when children are around?
- Keep your windows closed and locked when children are around. When opening windows for ventilation, open windows that a child cannot reach.
- Do not rely on insect screens to prevent a fall. Insect screens are designed to provide ventilation while keeping insects out, not to prevent a child's fall from a window.
- Set and enforce rules about keeping children's play away from windows or patio doors. Falling through the glass can be fatal or cause serious injury.
Is there furniture placed under or near windows in your home?
- Keep furniture, or anything children can climb, away from windows. Children may use such objects as a climbing aid.
Emergency fire escape plans
While some falls occur from windows, it is important to realize that in the event of a fire, a window also can save a child's life. This is why windows play a critical role in home safety.
Has your family developed an emergency fire escape plan?
- Windows provide a secondary means of escape from a burning home. Determine your family's emergency escape plan and practice it regularly. In the plan, include two elements of escape from every room.
- Remember that children may have to rely on a window to escape in a fire. Help them learn to safely use a window under these circumstances.
(Information provided by the National Safety Council)
To educate children on the importance of window safety, we've created a kid-friendly crossword puzzle.
Stay safe and as always, please contact the your Community Management Office with any community questions or concerns and the Maintenance Office with any maintenance queries.