Minnesota Senate Bill Could Amend State's Law Relating to Window Fall Prevention Devices
March 8, 2010

A Minnesota senator has introduced legislation that would exempt windows with a sill bottom of more than 22 inches above the finished floor from the state's law regarding window fall prevention devices. Currently, the code exempts windows in which the bottom of the sill is more than 24 inches above the finished floor.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Linda Berglin (D), would add the following language to the law: The rules shall not apply to windows with a sill bottom of more than 22 inches above the finished floor.

If passed in its current form, the bill also would require the state's commissioner of labor and industry to amend the state's building code to comply with the law.

The law, passed in 2008, addresses window fall prevent devices, including safety screens, hardware, guards and "other devices that comply with the standards established by the commissioner of labor and industry."

Berglin introduced the bill on March 1 and it has been read once, and referred to the Senate's business, industry and jobs committee.

Some industry trade organizations, such as the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) have been actively involved in working to help prevent falls from windows.

"AAMA is part of the Window Safety Task Force, whose efforts focus on the balance between fall prevention and emergency egress. It's important to teach children not to play near open windows, but also how to utilize windows for escape in case of fire," says Rich Walker, AAMA president and chief executive officer. "Minnesota has taken this a step further by requiring window opening limiting devices and a minimum sill height. Regardless of guards, railings and other devices, proper supervision by an adult is essential to window safety."

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