Protecting Your Family From Accidental Window Falls
According to a study from the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, an average of 14 children are treated for injuries sustained from falling out of windows every day. Of those, 65% of them are under the age of 5. Before you open up your windows to let the fresh spring air in, make sure you follow these safety tips to keep your loved ones safe.
- Do not place furniture such as beds or dressers next to windows. Young children can climb on them to get to the window opening.
- Don’t assume screens will keep children from falling out. They are designed to keep insects outside but are not strong enough to prevent children from falling out of a window.
- Teach your children to play in areas away from the windows, doors and balconies.
- Make sure windows are closed and locked when you are not using them for ventilation.
- Choose blinds or shades that do not use cords that can cause children to get tangled up.
- Teach older children to not lean on the windows or screens.
- Don’t allow clutter to build up around windows that can create tripping hazards.
- Plant soft shrubs such as boxwood underneath windows to help offer a softer landing if the child does fall out of the window.
By following these easy steps, you can prevent your child from being another statistic. To learn more about keeping your home safer, schedule a free consultation with BRL to find out about adding security features to your doors and windows to help protect your family from accidents or crime. We’ve been helping Las Vegas families have safer, more energy efficient homes for many years and we can do the same for you. Contact us today.