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KMC Housing enacts safety initiative

A person getting a power drill out of the back of a truck.

Julia Huber, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron housing inspector, gathers supplies to install new window locks at a townhome in Kaiserslautern Military Community Housing at Vogelweh Military Complex, Germany, July 20, 2020. The new safety locks, installed on upper-level townhome windows to provide fall protection, are part of a Department of Defense safety initiative to mitigate risk and ensure the well-being of military families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright)

A window handle and lock component laying on a bed of screws.

The components of the new safety locks being installed on upper-level townhome windows to provide fall protection sit at the housing office at Vogelweh Military Complex, Germany, July 20, 2020. Once the two components are combined, the child-safe locks are only operable after depressing a side latch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright)

A person screwing on a window handle with a power drill.

Julia Huber, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron housing inspector, installs a new child-safe window lock on the second floor of a townhome at Vogelweh Military Complex, Germany, July 20, 2020. The new window locks are being installed in two-story townhomes in military housing on Ramstein Air Base, Vogelweh Military Complex and Kapaun Air Station, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright)

A person's hands turning the handle to open a window.

Julia Huber, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron housing inspector, demonstrates how to use the new child-safe window locks being installed in two-story townhomes at Vogelweh Military Complex, Germany, July 20, 2020. The new locks will have a latch on the side to unlock the window and enable the user to move the handle to the desired position for opening or tilting the window. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright)

An Airman pulls a window blind down.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lavar Plummer, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron housing projects manager, demonstrates the use of the new cordless blinds that will be installed in military base housing at Vogelweh Military Complex, Germany, July, 20, 2020. To prevent a choking hazard, the new window coverings operate without a lift cord by manually pushing the bottom or top rail of the blinds up or down to position them at a desired height. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright)

VOGELWEH MILITARY COMPLEX, Germany -- The Kaiserslautern Military Community Housing Office plans to continue installation of child safety locks and new coverings on windows in housing on Ramstein Air Base, Vogelweh Military Complex and Kapaun Air Station, Germany, through August 2020, to prevent unintentional falls and strangulation.

The safety locks, installed on upper-level townhome windows to provide fall protection, and cordless window covering replacements are part of Department of Defense safety initiatives to mitigate risk and ensure the well-being of military families.

“Per Congress, this was an actual requirement that was put in place,” said Esteban Abreu, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron facilities section chief, who is responsible for KMC Housing safety and maintenance.

Prior models left the risk of unintentional falls and strangulation, especially with younger children.

“As a mom I feel safer that my kids can’t fall out of their windows or get on the roof,” said U.S. Army Capt. Fawn O’Leary, 773rd Civil Support Team medical operations officer.

The new locks will have a latch on the side to unlock the window and enable the user to move the handle to the desired position for opening or tilting the window.

Instead of a lift cord, the new window coverings operate by manually pushing the bottom or top rail of the blinds up or down to position them at a desired height.

“For us to be within regulation, all we had to do was cut the cord,” Abreu said. “But the Air Force decided to go above that by going cordless 100 percent.”

Housing inspectors in the KMC are installing the new safety devices at all on-base housing locations, and notifications will be posted. If residents have any questions or would like to request a timeline on their address, they may call the KMC Housing Facility Section at 0631-536-7108.