How to protect your children from window falls

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Every year, nearly 15,000 children are injured from falling out of windows. As the weather is warming up, people like to open their windows to let in fresh air. But beware, warns Marilyn Morris, a child safety expert at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital. Windows are a fall hazard for kids, and the consequences can be severe. 

She explained that window screens are a great way to keep bugs out of your home, but you can’t depend on the screen to protect a child from falling out of a window. Screens are designed to easily pop out in case of a fire or other emergency when leaving through a window is necessary, according to Morris.  

Most window falls occur when children are alone. Remember, there is no substitute for adult supervision. But Morris says there are window locks you can use to prevent children from opening windows too wide or at all without a parent’s help.Windows are a fall hazard for kids, and the consequences can be severe. 

So how can you help keep your kids safe from window falls? Morris has some tips for parents: 

  1. Keep windows closed and locked.
  2. If you do open a window, make sure it is inaccessible to children.
  3. Keep furniture or anything children can climb on away from windows.
  4. Teach children only to open windows with permission and help from adults.
  5. Locks, guards, and other safety equipment can be installed in your windows to make them safer.

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