Springtime is the Season to Begin
Protecting Your Child from
Sunny weather, warm temperatures, breezy airits
springtime, a season of beauty and joy. But open windows
and unsupervised children can have tragic consequences
for families. Window-related falls are a major hazard
in the home that increases significantly during the
spring and summer months. It also typically occurs as
a result of poor supervision.
Each year, approximately 18 children ages 10 and under
die from window-related injuries with an estimated 4,700
children ages 14 and under visiting hospital emergency
departments. Head injuries are associated with the majority
of deaths and severe injuries.
To an unsuspecting child, an open window is an
open invitation for a fall, said Heather Paul,
Ph.D., executive director of the National SAFE KIDS
Campaign. Thats why its important
to take a few steps that will make your home a safer
environment for your child.
The National SAFE KIDS Campaign offers the following
tips for parents and caregivers to prevent window falls:
more information on playground safety or to order a copy
of SAFE KIDS magazine with more tips for keeping kids
safe, visit www.safekids.org.
should not depend on window screens to prevent children
from falling. Screens can easily give way under a
childs weight. Adult supervision is key.
chairs, cribs, beds and other furniture away from
windows. Children can fall from windows opened as
little as 5 inches.
installing window guards on all windows located on
the ground floor and up. Be sure that these guards
meet new federal standards for emergency egress in
the event of a fire.
The National SAFE KIDS Campaign is the first and only
national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the
prevention of unintentional childhood injury - the number
one killer of children ages 14 and under. The Campaign
is made up of more than 300 state and local SAFE KIDS
coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia
and Puerto Rico.