How to prevent window falls during warmer months
With sunny weather upon us and the temperatures rising, remember, open windows pose a risk for young children.
Lake Stevens Fire and Safe Kids Snohomish County offer the following tips for parents and caregivers to prevent falls from windows:
• Adults should not depend on window screens to prevent children from falling. Screens can easily give way under a child’s weight. They keep bugs out, not children in.
• Move chairs, cribs, beds and other furniture away from windows. Children can fall from windows opened as little as five inches.
• Consider installing window guards on all windows located on the ground floor and up. Be sure that these guards meet new federal standards for escape in the event of a fire. [Window guards can be found at your area hardware stores and at Toys-R-Us and Babies-R-Us locations.]
Lake Stevens Fire Public Educator Alison Caton commented, “Our community has already had two window falls involving children in 2012. Please be sure window hazards are addressed if you have young ones in your family.”