Post Content

 

window safetyAs warmer weather finally arrives and windows are opened to let the breeze in, we often hear the grim news that another child has fallen out of a window to an untimely death or sustained serious injuries from a fall. The leading cause of injury to children age 5 and under is falls, with over 3,300 children falling out of windows each year. Children playing near or looking out a window are often at risk for harming themselves if preventable measures are not in place. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers can prevent window falls by following several safety tips:

• Window screens will not prevent a child from falling out of window! Regular screens are designed to keeps bugs out and will not support the weight of a falling child
• Install child safety window guards
• Window guards should consist of aluminum or steel bars with maximum 4-inch spacing that are installed in the bottom half of a double-hung window
• Window guards are designed to withstand 150 pounds of pressure and can be purchased at a local hardware or home improvement store for about $40 each
• Lock all unopened windows and doors
• Keep all furniture such as beds, sofas, and tables or anything a child can climb on away from windows
• Open windows from the top, not the bottom; especially when children are in the home
• If you must open windows from the bottom, buy window-stops at your local hardware store. These will limit the opening to less than 4 inches and cost approximately $5-10 each
• Supervise children at all times, and install child safety window guards

Deaths and injuries resulting from a fall through a window are tragic, but also preventable. While window guards offer added protection, no tool or equipment is 100% foolproof. Constant supervision is recommended to keep young children safe. Practice these safety tips and minimize the risk of injury to your child. For more information, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Injury Prevention and Control Program at www.mass.gov/dph/injury.

For additional resources:
http://www.nsc.org/get_involved/divisions/Pages/WindowSafetyObservancesPdfs.aspx (includes downloadable materials and child coloring book)

 

Written By:


Immunization Coordinator

Immunization Coordinator in the Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition

Recent Posts

Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017

Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jan 11

The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical   …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting

Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions! posted on Jan 9

Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!

It’s January.  And I can tell…not from the wintry weather or the after-Christmas sales…but from the number of prospective members I see getting tours of the gym while I’m trying to fit in my (less frequent than I’d like) workout. January 1st marks the start   …Continue Reading Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!