Warm Weather and Window Safety for Kiddos

By Julia Smith

Temperatures are beginning to warm up and summer is in the air and many people open their windows to let the breeze in. While the fresh air feels good, open windows can pose a serious danger to young children. Did you know: Each year in the United States, 15 to 20 children under the age of 11 die and nearly 15,000 are injured because of falls from windows.

Window Safety

It isn't a big surprise, but children are more likely to be hurt after a fall from a home window. In fact, one out of every four children is hospitalized as a result of their injury. A study appearing in the September 2011 issue of Pediatrics, found that children 0 to 4 years of age were especially vulnerable, not only for a majority (65 percent) of the injuries, but also having a higher rate of serious injury resulting in hospitalization.

Window Safety Facts 

Fortunately, there are many things that can be done to keep children from being injured from a window fall. One important precaution that can be taken is to install window guards and stops. Window guards secure into the sides of a window frame and have bars spaced no more than 4 inches apart. Window guards can be purchased at most home supply stores and come in varying sizes to fit most windows. When looking at guards  be sure to evaluate how quickly and escape can occur in case of an emergency, while being difficult for young children to open.  Window stops can be applied within the same window, which prevent windows from opening more than 4 inches.

How to Help Prevent Windows Falls