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Since its inception, the Screen Manufactures Association or SMA, has spearheaded industry and consumer-oriented programs dealing with screen safety issues. SMA has assumed a leadership role in working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Safety Council, the National Fire Protection Association, and the National Safe Kids Campaign in the development of public service programs dealing with screen safety.
SMA's "Kids Can't Fly" programs have gained national recognition in promoting the concept that screens are designed to provide homeowners with great ventilation and to keep insects out--and they are not designed to keep small children in!
SMA's Public Relations programs have played a key role in the dissemination of consumer information in the form of literature, press releases and participation in many national safety forums.
In addition, SMA actively promotes its screen labeling program as still another facet of it’s on-going public information and safety program. www.smainfo.org
You can contact the National Safety Council for more information on window safety at:
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Windows play a critical role in home safety. While some falls occur from windows, it is important to realize that in the event of a fire, a window can save a child's life.
A home may represent a haven of safety and security but for young children, it can also be a minefield of potentially dangerous falls.
Screens that enclose a porch or patio are not designed to prevent children or adults from falling. A review of your porch and patio screens can help identify safety risks.
Check out further resources on home and screen safety, and download the Window Safety Activity book for kids.
Each year, the last week of April is designated as National Window Safety Week. Window Safety Week is timed to coincide with spring - the time of year when homeowners are again opening their windows.
During open window season, remember that open windows can pose a fall hazard to unsupervised, young children. Remember to keep windows closed and locked when young children are present. Never place furniture such as chairs, beds and sofas below windows. Unattended children can use pieces of furniture like these to quickly climb to an open window and potentially fall. Also remember that insect screens are intended to keep insects out; they are neither designated nor intended to keep children from falling out of windows.
Finally, remember that windows can also provide a life saving avenue of escape from a fire. Windows should be included in your home emergency escape plan, and children should be taught how to properly use a window for escape and rescue purposes. It is critical that you practice the emergency escape plan, too.