The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds everyone that it only takes 5 minutes to prevent a child from falling out of a window. Windows rank as one of the top five hidden hazards in the home. Falls from windows are more common than people might think. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about eight children under age 5 die each year from falling out a window, and more than 3,300 are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital. “Screens keep bugs out, but won’t keep kids in!”
- Children ages two to five are at the highest risk for falling out of a window.
- Window falls are a common cause of injury or death to children.
- Window injuries are PREVENTABLE!
- Most falls occur in the spring and summer.
- Almost 5,000 children are injured in window falls each year.
- Supervise children around windows at all times.
- Install child safety mechanisms on ALL windows that are more than six feet from the ground.
- Use window guards on windows that you want to open four inches or more.
- Do not allow children to play within two feet of windows.
- Keep furniture and other things that can be used for climbing away from windows.
For more information on window safety visit the National Safety Council.