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Children and Window Safety
The weather is improving and many of us are opening the windows in our homes to enjoy the fresh air. Did you know that “every year almost 5,000 children are injured after window falls? Most children who fall are between 2 and 5 years old. While most falls happen during the spring and summer…most of these falls are preventable.”
There are some easy safety tips you can follow to help keep your children safer at home:
• Open windows no more than 4 inches wide.
• Open windows from the top down.
• Move all furniture (including cribs and changing tables) away from windows.
• Window screens keep bugs out, not children in.
• Install window stops or releasable child-safety window guards.
• Always supervise small children.
As children develop during those early years, they are especially vulnerable to falls because of their natural curiosity. These early years of child development are also known for children’s increasing ability to climb and explore. They don’t yet recognize when they can get injured. Windows rank as one of the top five hidden home hazards, along with magnets, recalled products, tip overs, and pool/spa drains. It’s important that we create a safe environment for our children allowing them the freedom to learn and grow.
- Julie Happy