How to Keep Kids Safe from Window Falls
Each year in the United States, eight children under the age of five die from falling out a window; 3,300 children are injured seriously enough to be taken to the hospital. Because of this horrible fact, UnityPoint Health® is raising awareness during Window Safety Awareness Week, April 3-9, to prevent more tragic injuries and deaths in the future.
Check your Home
Parents and caregivers are urged to do a quick check of their home to make sure all windows are closed and locked when children are home. About one child per month dies from window cord strangulation, so securing those cords is also crucial. UnityPoint Health encourages families to include Window Safety as part of their childproofing plans. However, keep in mind, there is no substitute for parental supervision.
More Safety Tips
- When opening windows for ventilation, make sure children can't reach them.
- For a double-hung window on an upper floor of the home, open the top sash nearest the ceiling for ventilation while keeping the bottom sash closed.
- Don't rely on insect screens to prevent a fall; they are not designed to withstand the weight of a person.
- Buy window stops or window guards. A window stop prevents a window from opening and a window guard covers the entire window.
- Keep furniture away from windows, as they could tempt a curious child to climb and potentially fall.
- Use tape to create a visible danger zone under and near windows. Teach children that it’s unsafe to be in those designated areas.
Ask your UnityPoint Health pediatrician or provider about any window safety questions. You can also visit www.safekids.org.