Happy spring! This change of seasons means it’s almost time for warm weather and open windows. It also means it’s time to brush up on some window safety tips, as open windows can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised. The Window Safety Task Force, of which AAMA is a member, has put together tips and resources for Window Safety Week, the first full week of April each year, and companies can easily follow along and share them via social media.
While the number of falls from windows is generally small compared with other recorded child injuries, a fall from a window can result in serious injury or even death. Window Safety Week (April 2-8 this year) serves as a reminder to recognize the importance of window safety and fall prevention year-round. Window Safety Week is designed to heighten the awareness of what parents and caregivers should do to help keep their homes and families safer from the risk of accidental falls or injuries through windows. The Window Safety Task Force has a Twitter account and a Facebook page, and social media updates are tagged with either #WindowSafety or #WindowSafetyWeek. Both accounts will be sharing window safety tips and best practices throughout Window Safety Week, so be sure to follow them and share their posts.
Though Window Safety Week is an important annual reminder, window safety education should be ongoing, occurring throughout the year. Window companies can find resources catered to them in the Window Safety Week Tool Kit, and media outlets are invited to view and download a separate media kit for publication use. A gallery of downloadable images pertaining to Window Safety Week can also be found on Flickr.
Or, quickly access all these resources in one place at aamanet.org/windowsafety. AAMA and the Window Safety Task Force appreciate all efforts to assist in getting the word out about this important, but sometimes under-covered, home safety concern. Luckily, social media makes sharing links and tips with homeowners and customers incredibly easy. Have a special request? Let us know, and we’ll work to make it happen!
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Meryl Williams is the Communications Coordinator for AAMA. She produces national and regional newsletters, writes editorial content and helps lead AAMA’s social media outreach, including the Socially Speaking blog. She has seven years of professional communications experience in both journalism and public relations.
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