MURRAY —  Pella Corporation, a leading window and door manufacturer, is spreading awareness of the importance of window safety in the home during National Window Safety Week. Each year, the National Safety Council (NSC) dedicates the first full week in April to educate consumers on safety tips that will protect their loved ones year-round.  

The Pella plant in Murray manufactures both vinyl and fiberglass windows, and local company managers offer their tips for window safety that can help families reduce the risk of injury or  death in the home.  

“Ensuring our windows are both beautiful and safe is a top priority for all of us at Pella,” said Brent Kjellberg, Murray’s associate operations director. “We have a team of dedicated product engineers who design with safety in mind - every time. We also have quality engineers at each of our manufacturing locations who are responsible for checking each product line thoroughly and ensuring all necessary safety measures are in place and that  the windows meet all code requirements.” 

Pella is committed to ensuring that strict quality control standards are followed as a part of all  manufacturing operations. This includes making sure windows produced adhere to the well established safety standards of the window industry, as well as the many different code requirements set forth by local communities.  

Pella window safety features and related tips include: 

•Think Screen Safety. Remember, screens are intended to keep bugs out, not keep children in. Teach young children about window safety and never leave a young child unattended near an open window.

• Consider Placement. Windows intended for showers and stairways need tempered glass to help prevent pass-through falls in the event of an accident. For windows on the second story and above, special window opening and closing devices are available to limit the opening to 4 inches; making it large enough for fresh air, but small enough to  prevent a fall.

• Climate. Having the right windows for your home’s location is important. Pella windows are designed and built to exceed standards for structural performance during extreme storms or wind events. 

• Prevent Choking Accidents. Pella windows are designed and tested to make sure they do not contain small parts that could be choke hazards for children. However, it is always a good idea to do routine maintenance checks in your home to ensure there are no loose parts or pieces that a child could swallow. 

• Consider Adding Options. Optional between-the-glass blinds can eliminate dangerous cords and help prevent choking hazards for children. Pella Lifestyle series windows are certified by Parents for Window Blind Safety with their Seal of Approval.

To help celebrate National Window Safety Week, the National Safety Council makes a number of resources available, including a Window Safety Checklist and a Kids Activity Book both of which provide good tips and recommendations for parents, grandparents, caregivers and children.