Every year children are injured from window falls. With sunny weather upon us and the temperatures rising, please remember the risk that open windows pose for young children.
Kids are spontaneous and playful, energetic and persistent. Parents are busy. Toddlers are the most common victims.
Kids Snohomish County and Fire District 7 suggest these tips to prevent a tragedy:
- Move furniture away from windows and balconies. A bed, couch, as well as other furniture allow a child to get higher and closer to a window.
- Only open windows outside of a child’s reach or climbing distance. Open double-hung windows from the top. A child can fall from a window opened as little as five inches.
- Do not rely on window screens to keep your child from falling. Every year, many children fall out of open windows with window screens.
- If you must open a window within a child’s reach or climbing distance, install an operable window guard. Window guards have horizontal bars no more than four inches apart that screw into the side of a window frame. They are available in different sizes.
- For windows that can’t be used for fire escape, install stops that keep a window from opening wider than four inches. These can be purchased at a hardware store for about $2. Some new windows come with stops.
- Monitor window safety at your childcare location and anywhere children visit.