According to the National Fire Protection Association, correctly knowing the operation of your windows plays an important role in your safety at home.
- Fire Fact #1: An open window can add oxygen to a fire, making it grow faster.
- Fire Fact #2: Keep windows closed if the fire is outside the window. An open window may allow embers, smoke or fire to enter the room. If an occupant is isolated in a room from the fire by a closed door, the window may be opened to allow fresh air and the ability for the person to signal to rescuers they need assistance in escaping.
- Fire Fact #3: Working smoke alarms throughout the home are one of the most critical aspects of helping people quickly and safely escape the home during a fire. A smoke alarm should be installed inside each bedroom, outside the sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Test smoke alarms at least monthly.
To make sure your windows are ready for a quick exit in the event of a fire, consider the following window fire safety tips:
- Tip #1: If a door is not safe to escape through, open a window to exit onto a roof or use an escape ladder. Do not break the glass of the window, because it could cause injury.
- Tip #2: Doors and windows equipped with security bars should have emergency release devices inside that allow occupants to push the bars open from the inside.
- Tip #3: Make sure children and adults practice opening windows that may be needed for exiting during a fire. Ensure that children understand escape ladders should only be used in emergency situations.