Preventing Accidental Injury.
KDHE Office of Communications
Topeka, Kan. — Placing a crib, changing table or even a chair next to a window might offer your child a nice view outside or access to fresh air, but be careful – window falls can happen to anyone and in some cases, can be deadly. Safe Kids Kansas recommends that adults actively supervise their children when around open windows. Toddlers have been known to fall out of windows open as little as five inches.
Every year, window falls account for 12 childhood deaths and 4,000 injuries for children under 10 years old in the U.S. In Kansas, from 2000-2009 there were 77 accidental falls-related hospital discharges that occurred from falls out of a building or other structure. Most of these falls occurred in younger children. More than half the fall discharges, 62 percent, occurred in children 4 years old and younger. 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 Cherie Sage, State Director of Safe Kids Kansas. “It’s designed to keep insects out, not to keep children in. Proper safety guards on windows save lives.”
Safe Kids Kansas also reminds parents and caregivers:
For more information about window safety and falls, call Safe Kids Kansas at 785-296-0351 or visit www.usa.safekids.org. National Window Safety Week is an annual program of the National Safety Council. For more information, visit www.nsc.org.
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