(HealthDay News) -- As spring approaches and the weather warms, you should be thinking about window safety and how to prevent falls and fire hazards.
The National Safety Council suggests:
- Never paint or nail a window shut.
- Do not install an air conditioner in a window that may be needed for escape during a fire.
- All window guards, security bars, grilles or grates must have a release mechanism.
- Create an emergency escape plan and practice it often.
- Keep emergency escape ladders in second- or third-story bedrooms and teach everyone in the home how to use them.
- Remember that a window screen cannot support a person's weight.
- Never leave children unattended around an open window.
- Any window within a child's reach should always be closed.
- Don't put furniture under a window. Doing so could allow a child to climb on the furniture and fall from the window.