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Window Safety
General Information
Children love to play around windows. Unfortunately, they can be injured or die should they fall out of windows. Do not rely on window screens as a way to keep children from falling out a window. Window screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in. According to Safe Kids USA, window falls increase dramatically during the spring and summer months when we open windows (and doors) to let the fresh air into our homes.

Safety Tips (a partial list)
Safe Kids USA recommends these safety tips to help prevent window falls:
  • Install window guards to prevent children from falling out of windows. For windows above the first floor, install window guards with an emergency release device in case of fire.
  • Install window stops so that windows open no more than four inches.
  • Keep windows locked and closed when they are not being used.
  • Keep furniture away from windows so kids cannot climb to the ledge.
  • If you have double-hung windows — the kind that can open down from the top as well as up from the bottom — it is generally safer to open the top pane, but growing kids may have enough strength, dexterity and curiosity to open the bottom pane.
  • Do not rely on window screens to prevent falls.
  • Keep windows locked when they are closed.
  • Supervise children at all times, especially around open windows.

Safe Kids USA

10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547
10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547