Across the world, falls account for over half of all domestic accidents involving children and constitute the second most common cause of accidental death in children after road accidents. In the United States, falls from windows account for an estimated 12 deaths and 4,000 injuries among children under 10 years of age every year.
Window manufacturers are determined to do everything possible to prevent these tragedies happening to families across our nation. The new code, ASTM F2090-2008 and 2010, is the result of window industries' efforts to save lives, by improving window safety through organisations such as the Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council.
This specification establishes the installation, safety, performance, and labelling requirements for devices intended to address the risk of injury and death associated with accidental falls from windows by children five years old and younger.