Itasca, IL – Falls of all kinds are one of the leading causes of injury and death among young children. And, falls from windows can be prevented. In 2005, 9 children ages 1-4 died from a fall out of or through a building or structure, according to NSC analysis of National Center for Health Statistics data. National Window Safety Week, April 5 to April 11, is a time for parents and caregivers to review window safety precautions.
“National Window Safety Week helps raise awareness that windows pose a risk for accidental falls resulting in a serious injury or death to loved ones, especially young children. A fall can happen within a matter of seconds. It is important to be proactive when it comes to window safety,” said Donna Stein-Harris, Executive Director, Home and Community Partnerships and Initiatives.
Follow these steps to protect your children from falling out of windows:
- Avoid the placement of furniture near windows to prevent children from climbing.
- Enforce rules to keep children away from playing near windows or patio doors climbing.
- Install window guards with release mechanisms to help prevent a child’s fall.
Window falls are especially common during the spring and summer months, which is why the NSC’s Window Safety Task Force promotes window safety during National Window Safety Week and beyond. The NSC’s Window Safety Task Force educates parents and caregivers on how to help prevent window falls. Visit http://www.nsc.org/news/window.aspx for more information. A media kit, safety tips, window safety checklist and more are included.
The Window Safety Task Force, formed in 1997 to promote greater awareness of window safety, is comprised of members representing the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), the Screen Manufacturers Association (SMA), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other organizations, as well as manufacturers of windows, doors and screens.
The National Safety Council (www.nsc.org) saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads, through leadership, research, education and advocacy.