A view to kill.
Ahh! The weather is getting warm and soon people across the country will be opening windows. God only knows, though, how many idiots will fall out of those windows
or strain their backs while attempting to air out the house.
To wit, Simonton Windows
is out with a press release today on window tips for all ages.
For instance, did you know that children should never be allowed to play unsupervised on or near open windows? It's true. And don't let those teenagers climb out windows so they can sit on the roof. That's for pigeons!
And old people? Impact-resistance glass might be good for those klutzes. Whatever you do, do not lean against window screens no matter how tempting and sturdy they appear.
Read the entire release after the jump...
W. VA. - Whether you're 3, 13, 30 or 73, window safety is a concern for
people of all ages. To prepare for National Window Safety Week, April
5-11, 2009, Simonton Windows® offers these window safety tips for
people to consider at every stage in their lives.
Toddlers and Young Children
and young children are not a good combination. Make sure to keep
furniture (especially cribs), or anything children can climb, away from
- Children should never be left unsupervised around open windows.
areas in a child's room should be focused either in the center of the
room or against a solid wall, rather than near windows.
ventilation in rooms with toddlers and young children, open the top
sash of Double Hung windows so that children can not reach them while
keeping the bottom sash (closest to the floor) closed.
- Don't allow teenagers to paint shut or nail shut windows. Every window in the home must be operational in case of an emergency.
- Decorative lights should never be nailed or attached to window frames in bedrooms.
- Never allow teenagers to crawl out of windows to sit on the roof.
- Don't permit children or teenagers to "pop out" screens to hang flags or other items out of the window.
decorative lights should never be nailed to window frames or hung over
windows that might need to be opened in case of an emergency exit.
you become a homeowner, make sure to plant shrubs, grass and place
"soft landscaping" items like bark and mulch directly underneath
windows to help lessen the impact should someone fall out the window.
- When painting the exterior of the home, do not "paint shut" the windows.
children that window screens are there only to keep insects out of the
home. They can not sustain the weight of a child or pet pushing against
people get older, the act of pushing up to open a Double or Single Hung
window may be more stressful on the back and hands. Easy-to-operate
windows, such as Casement windows require no lifting action. The
crank-out system with a side-hinged sash opens outward for ventilation.
those senior homeowners looking for a smaller crank-out window style
option, consider Awning and Hopper windows. With Awning windows, the
sash is hinged on top and the window cranks out and upward. In a Hopper
window, the sash is located on the bottom and the window easily cranks
windows are also a great option for older adults. Slider windows glide
effortlessly from side to side, so there's less strain on arms or back
muscles to operate them. Slider windows provide great views with either
2- or 3-lite configurations and allow for maximum ventilation in the
- Make certain to purchase windows with sturdy, easy-to-operate locks to secure windows in the home.
- For added security, consider ordering impact-resistant glass in windows.
ease of maintenance, order windows with vinyl frames. With vinyl window
frames you never need to worry about upkeep such as the scraping and
repainting aspects you have with wood frames. Vinyl windows resist
rotting, decay, insect infestations and provide years of effortless
beauty in the home.
Windows produces ENERGY STAR® qualified replacement and new
construction windows and doors, including a line of impact-resistant
products. Founded in 1946, Simonton's hallmark has been to deliver its
made-to-order products in five days or less. Part of the home and
hardware division of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE: FO), Simonton delivers
nationwide to key markets throughout the 48 continental United States.
For information, call (800) SIMONTON or visit www.simonton.com. ENERGY
STAR is a trademark owned by The Nelrod Corporation.