March 23, 2016
(GRATZ, PA) – MI Windows and Doors is committed to promoting safety within the window industry. As National Window Safety Week approaches, MI joins the AAMA Window Safety Task Force and the National Safety Council in spreading the importance of knowing and decreasing the risks associated with windows. We recognize the essential role that windows play in our lives – letting in natural light and fresh air while keeping out the elements – and hope to help families enjoy these benefits as safely as possible. To promote the importance of window safety among our own team, we are providing several resources and activities during Window Safety Week, including window safety videos playing on interactive information boards in every MI facility as well as a coloring activity for all children and grandchildren of MI team members.
Each year, eight children under the age of five die as a result of falls from a window, while an additional 3,300 are treated for fall-related injuries serious enough to warrant a hospital visit. These falls are completely preventable. Following a few simple steps and recommendations can reduce the risk of falls dramatically.
When young children are near, it is best to keep windows closed and locked, and encourage play in the center of rooms. For ventilation, only open the top sash of double-hung windows, or open windows that are out of reach of children. Avoid placing furniture near windows, and discourage children from climbing and jumping on furniture. Never rely on an insect screen to prevent a fall – they are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in. Lastly, find devices designed to limit how far a window will open. MI offers several options, including nite latches and WOCDs.
“We stress the safety of our team within our plants as our top priority every day,” says Mike Troutman, director of safety and environmental at MI. “We encourage families - our own team members, our customers, and the homeowners using our windows - to put an equal emphasis on safety in their homes, paying special attention during this important Window Safety Week.”
About the Window Safety Task Force
The Window Safety Task Force was formed in 1997 and is comprised of members representing the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), 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.
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council (nsc.org) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education, and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas that can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses, and Safe Communities.
About MI Windows and Doors
Founded in 1947, MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy-efficient vinyl and aluminum windows and doors. With plants in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Arizona, MI offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. The company's commitment to safety, quality, and service are exemplified by the people that represent it nationwide. For more information, visit www.miwd.com.