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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds everyone that it only takes 5 minutes to prevent a child from falling out a window.
Windows rank as one of the top five hidden hazards in the home.
Falls from windows are more common than people might think. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about eight children under age 5 die each year from falling out a window, and more than 3,300 are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital.
The Window Safety Task Force offers these suggestions to help protect children:
Loose or looped window covering cords pose a strangulation risk to children. According to the CPSC, about eight children die each year after becoming entangled in a window covering cord.
Use only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords in homes with young children. The Best for Kids Program, launched by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association, identifies window covering products that are best suited for use in homes with young children.
Free retrofit kits are available through the Window Covering Safety Council when replacement of older corded window coverings is not an option.
Windows can save lives when used as emergency escape routes.
According to most residential building codes, bedrooms and other sleeping areas must have a secondary means of escape in case of fire or smoke, and that exit is often a window. Just having windows designated for escape is not enough; they also must be safe and accessible.
The Window Safety Task Force offers the following tips to help protect your family:
NSC Window Safety Task Force provides materials and information you can use to share the window-safety message with your family.
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