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Prevent Window Falls

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Prevent Window Falls

Clearview, WA – Every year children are injured from window falls. With sunny weather upon us and the temperatures rising – remember, the risk open windows pose for young children. Kids are spontaneous and playful, energetic and persistent. Parents are busy. Toddlers are the most common victims.

Fall-prevention tips from the experts at Safe Kids Snohomish County and Fire District 7:

• Move furniture away from windows and balconies. A bed, couch and other furniture allows a child to get higher and closer to a window.

• Only open windows outside of a child's reach or climbing distance. Open double-hung windows from the top. A child can fall from a window opened as little as 5 inches.

• Every year, many children fall out of open windows with window screens. Window screens will not keep your child from falling.

• If you must open a window within a child's reach or climbing distance, install an operable window guard. Window guards have horizontal bars no more than four inches apart that screw into the side of a window frame. They are available in different sizes.

• For windows that can't be used for fire escape, install stops that keep a window from opening wider than 4 inches. These can be purchased at a hardware store for about $2. Some new windows come with stops.

• Monitor window safety at your child care location and anywhere children visit.




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