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Children's Health & Safety Association

Issue 42: Feb 1–28, 2017

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 21:44

It's Springtime – Are Your Windows Safe?

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April 9, 2013 – According to the '2012 Child and Youth Injury Report' compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada (statistical information to 2003), falling is the leading cause of children requiring hospitalization.

According to the 2012 U.S. Consumer Report, more than 5,200 children suffered falls from windows and at least one out of four required hospitalization.

Warmer temperatures are just around the next corner and after a long closed-in winter, it feels great to open the windows and allow fresh air into our homes. This is the perfect opportunity to remind everyone to check your windows. For your children's safety and security, consider the following precautionary measures:

  • Window screens are not sufficient to protect your children from falling out of a window. Consider keeping your windows (above the first storey) closed or installing window safety devices. A window guard or window stop will prevent your windows from opening beyond four inches (4") and at the same time, allow an adult to open it fully, if required.
  • Take the time to discuss the dangers of climbing on window ledges and leaning or pushing against window screens with your children.
  • To eliminate the possibility of a child reaching a window ledge, keep cribs and other furniture away from windows.
  • Whenever possible, open your windows from the top instead of the bottom.windows2
  • Consider planting bushes, hardy plants or flowerbeds directly below windows to soften the landing and reduce the degree of injury, in the event of a fall.
  • Fire escapes, balconies and rooftop areas are 'unsafe' environments for children to play.
  • If you're planning to replace your windows, make sure they have the best safety features and devices.

 
To read highly detailed information on child safety, click on the links below:

Prevent Falls from Windows

Window Blind Cord Safety

Sleep Safety

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