Safety Tips for the Home
Visit the resources below to learn about the value of window safety and how to protect your family.
- Study on Accidental Falls from Heights
- Window Safety & Preventing Falls
- Tips to Prevent Window Dangers
- Parents of Injured Child Warn of Open Window Dangers
Many local codes are beginning to require fall prevention devices for operable windows that are relatively high above the outside finish grade to prevent falls through an opened window.
ASTM F2090-10 is the Standard Specification for Window Fall Prevention Devices with Emergency Escape (Egress) Release Mechanisms. ASTM F2090 defines 3 methods for all protection:
- Fall Prevention Window Guards
- Window Fall Prevention Screens
- Window Opening Control Devices
Window Opening Control Devices (WOCDs) are mechanisms that limit the ability of an operable window to vent far enough for a person to fall out the window, yet may be easily disengaged to allow escape in an emergency. These devices must also self-engage after reclosing.
Windsor will begin offering Window Opening Control Devices (WOCDs) for jobsite installation on new construction projects. These mechanisms will also be available for retrofitting products already in the field. We are currently developing a factory-applied solution for future applications.