WOCD - Laela’s Law | ASTM F2090-2008 and 2010 Standards ICC Codes
The Minnesota Senate recently passed a window fall prevention law known as Laela’s Law, which aims to stop injuries and deaths due to children falling through open windows. The law is the first in the Nation to address the problem of improving window safety to prevent falls. Laela’s Law is based on the new ASTM F2090-2008 and 2010 standard, which has been adopted by the International Construction Council (ICC). The ICC code is expected to be rolled out state by state. The measure was dubbed “Laela’s Law” after a two year old who fell through the screen of a fourth-floor apartment in a nearly new building. Senator Linda Berglin said that it requires the State Building Code to be updated to mandate fall-prevention devices on windows that are used on residences.
Laela’s Law enacted in the following 31 states as of June 2013: CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, IA, IL, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV
Owners of apartment buildings and those involved in the multi-housing industry have a duty to care for their tenants’ safety. Laela’s Law applies to new building and remodeled/replacement windows, however children are still falling out of existing windows, which presents a huge potential liability to the property owner.
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