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April 23-27 is National Window Safety Week
Safe Kids Kansas Offers Window Safety Tips
E very year, in the United States, nearly 5,000 children — mostly toddlers — fall out of windows; 28 percent require a hospital stay and approximately 20 die. A child who falls 10 feet can suffer spinal injury, paralysis and fatal head injury. Safe Kids Kansas strongly recommends window guards on all windows above the first floor, preferably guards equipped with an emergency release device in case of fire.
“A screen is not a safety device,” says Jan Stegelman, Safe Kids Kansas coordinator. “It’s designed to keep insects out, not to keep children in. Proper safety guards on windows save lives.”
Window guards were shown to reduce fatal falls by up to 35 percent as part of a pilot program in New York City. “In an apartment in a multi-story building, window guards should be considered essential safety equipment,” says Stegelman.
Still, no safety device can take the place of active adult supervision. Always keep an eye on kids around open windows. Toddlers have been known to fall out of windows open as little as five inches.
Safe Kids Kansas also reminds parents and caregivers:
For more information about window safety, falls and childproofing, visit www.usa.safekids.org.
Safe Kids Kansas, Inc. is a nonprofit Coalition of 67 statewide organizations and businesses dedicated to preventing accidental injuries to Kansas children ages 0-14. Local coalitions and chapters are located in Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Clay, Coffey, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Franklin, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Mitchell, Montgomery, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Republic, Rice, Riley, Saline, Smith, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Wilson and Woodson Counties, as well as the cities of Chanute, Emporia, Leavenworth, Norton, Pittsburg, the Wichita Area and the Metro Kansas City Area. Safe Kids Kansas a member of Safe Kids Worldwide , a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury.