Always keep small children away from open windows
summer there are a spike of fall injuries of children when we
open windows to let the fresh air in. Window screens have
warnings on then informing consumers that the they are not to be
considered fall safety devices. Most screens will come dislodged
or tear with only moderate .
pressure. The view and fresh air
are very appealing to young children.
The Consumer Product
Safety Commission estimates that there have been 3200 children
treated in hospitals and 25 deaths in the last year from window
falls. These accidents are easy to prevent.
windows should have safety stops or barriers to prevent children
from falling out of windows. These should be easily removable
by older kids and adults in case of fire. Any window that
opens and children have access to should be considered a falling
hazard. No window that is accessible to children should
open more then 4".
parents make the faulty assumption that a window screen will
prevent this kind of accident.
a window can be opened from the top and bottom, always open only
the top. It is much safer to open the top of a double hung
keep furniture near a window that a child can climb on and gain
access to a window.