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Don't Dismiss Home Window Safety
last updated:
Wed, 1/18/2012 4:31 PM

Every year, many children are injured or even killed due to falls from home windows. It’s an easy thing to dismiss, but safety and awareness on the parental end is a must in this area. Safe Kids Mid-South, led by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, offers these tips to prevent window falls:

  • Install window guards to prevent children from falling out of windows. For windows above the first floor, install window guards with an emergency release device in case of fire. 
  • Install window stops so that windows open no more than four inches. 
  • Keep windows locked and closed when they are not being used. 
  • Keep furniture away from windows so kids cannot climb to the ledge. 
  • If you have double-hung windows — the kind that can open down from the top as well as up from the bottom — it is generally safer to open the top pane, but growing kids may have enough strength, dexterity and curiosity to open the bottom pane. 
  • Do not rely on window screens to prevent falls. 
  • Keep windows locked when they are closed. 
  • Supervise children at all times, especially around open windows. 
  • Never try to move a child who appears to be seriously injured after a fall — call 911 and let trained medical personnel move the child with proper precautions
Screens Keep Bugs Out, Not Kids In
last updated:
Wed, 4/07/2010 4:02 PM

Nothing says spring and summer like opening the windows, setting the chairs and table on the porch, or planting flowers to adorn your yard.  Keeping windows and doors open not only provides fresh air through the house, but it is a hidden danger in your house if you have little ones.

Window falls increase dramatically during the spring and summer months; however, they can be prevented.  It takes supervision and a device called a window guard.

Window guards should be installed to prevent the little ones from being able to fall outside.  They can be purchased at a hardware, are easy to install and have a release mechanism in the event of an emergency or the need to move to another window.

Please remember that that no device can replace active supervision.  That’s the key to ensuring your child doesn’t have access to open windows or doors around the home.

 

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