KDHE Office of Communications
TOPEKA, Kan.—Nothing says spring and summer like opening the windows, setting the table and chairs out on the porch, or planting flowers to adorn your deck. Keeping windows and doors open provides fresh air throughout the home, but it also creates a hidden danger in your home if you have little ones.
Window falls increase dramatically during the spring and summer months; however, they can be prevented. It takes supervision and a device called a window guard. "A screen is not a safety device," says Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas. "It's designed to keep insects out, not to keep children in." Window guards should be installed to prevent little ones from being able to fall outside. Window guards are easy to install and should have a release mechanism in the event of an emergency or the need to move it to another window.
"Also, remember that no device replaces active supervision," said Sage. "It's the key to ensuring your child doesn't have access to open windows or doors around the home."
Window safety tips from Safe Kids Kansas:
For more information about window safety and falls, call Safe Kids Kansas at 785-296-0351 or visit www.safekids.org. National Window Safety Week is an annual program of the National Safety Council. For more information, visit www.nsc.org.
Safe Kids Kansas, Inc. is a nonprofit Coalition of over 70 statewide organizations and businesses dedicated to preventing accidental injuries to Kansas children ages 0-14. Safe Kids Kansas has a network of 28 local coalitions across Kansas. Safe Kids Kansas is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury. The lead agency for Safe Kids Kansas is the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
This information can be made available in alternative accessible formats upon request. For more information about obtaining an alternative format, you may contact Safe Kids Kansas at 785-296-1223, or firstname.lastname@example.org . Both speech/hearing disabled and hearing Kansans can access the Kansas Relay Center by calling toll-free 1-800-766-3777. Callers should inform the relay operator of the number they wish to call and the type of call they are making direct, credit card, collect, person-to-person, etc.
Visit us at www.safekidskansas.org and on Facebook.