GED Spreads Awareness During Window Safety Week

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Glenwillow, OH – April 6, 2021 | With continual focus on safety, GED Integrated Solutions (GED) proudly observes Window Safety Week, held the first full week of April each year. In support of the Window Safety Task Force, which partners with the National Safety Council, we recognize the important role that windows play in the lives of people at home and work, and encourage customers to review critical safety measures they can implement in their homes.

As the leader in IG and Window Systems and Software in the residential window and door industry, GED prioritizes safety in everything we do, from parts fabrication out of raw materials to machine assembly and machinery runoffs for customers. Through value-added services such as GED Training Courses (on-site at the customer’s facility, in-house at GED’s state-of-the-art CX [Customer Experience] Center, and online at training.gedusa.com), GED customers can learn how to safely operate and maintain GED equipment. GED even has a Safety Committee that monitors daily GED work activities to ensure compliance with safety procedures and best practices.

As spring arrives, window safety becomes increasingly important. “We, of course, encourage parents and caregivers to recognize the importance of practicing window safety year-round, as open windows can be dangerous any time of year for young children who are not properly supervised,” says Joe Shaheen, VP of Sales at GED. “But the nicer weather brings with it a sense of urgency for spreading awareness of guidelines to prevent window-related injuries,” continues Shaheen.

Falls from a window can result in serious injury or death and pose an especially dangerous threat for children. Every year, about eight children under age five die from falling out a window, and more than 3,300 are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital.*

“It only takes seconds for a preventable window fall to occur,” says Shaheen. “To avoid these needless tragedies, it is very important for parents and caregivers to take steps to prevent home falls.”

To protect children, the Window Safety Task Force offers the following tips:

  1. When young children are around, keep windows closed and locked.
  2. When opening a window for ventilation, use those located out of a child’s reach.
  3. Avoid placing furniture near windows to prevent young children from climbing and gaining access to an open window.
  4. Don’t allow children to jump on beds or other furniture to help reduce potential falls.
  5. Don’t rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall. Insect screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in the home.
  6. Supervise children to keep child’s play away from windows, balconies or patio doors.
  7. Install ASTM F2090 compliant devices designed to limit how far a window will open or window guards (with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire or other emergency) to help prevent a fall.
  8. Teach your child how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency, such as a fire.

Visit www.nsc.org/windowsafetytaskforce, as well as the window safety sections of the FGIA and WDMA websites to learn more. Follow the Window Safety Task Force on Twitter and Facebook for more tips and updates on this important safety issue.

* According to Safe Kids Worldwide’s 2015 Report to the Nation: Protecting Children in Your Home.

About GED Integrated Solutions, Inc.
GED Integrated Solutions is a Worldwide Supplier of fully integrated insulating glass (IG), vinyl window and door robotic automation fabrication systems and software. GED leads the industry with quality, capacity and cost-effective solutions as demonstrated by the revolutionary Intercept® Warm Edge spacer frame production systems as well as our innovative vinyl automation systems and value-driven scheduling and analytics software. GED’s commitment to innovation, that addresses our customers’ needs, is proven by the fact that 22 of the top 25 window and door manufacturers utilize GED’s equipment and software.

About the Window Safety Task Force
The Window Safety Task Force was formed in 1997 to promote greater awareness of window safety. The task force is comprised of members representing the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA), the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the Screen Manufacturers Association (SMA) in cooperation with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and other organizations, as well as manufacturers of windows, doors and screens. The National Safety Council saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes, communities and on the roads, through leadership, research, education and advocacy.