With the recent sunny weather and temperatures rising as we approach the summer months, remember that open windows pose a risk for young children. Last year, Snohomish County saw an increase of 12% in window falls in comparison to 2012, leading to the highest window fall numbers ever.
Lake Stevens Fire and Safe Kids Snohomish County offer the following tips for parents and caregivers to help 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.
Small children should be supervised by a responsible adult. Toddlers can easily push through a screen.
Move chairs, cribs, beds and other furniture away from windows. Children can fall from windows opened as little as 5 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 ToysRUs and BabiesRUs locations.]
Please be sure to address window hazards to keep young children safe throughout the spring and summer months. If you have questions about window fall prevention, please call Lake Stevens Fire Public Educator Jennye Cooper at 425.334.3034. Take time to be safe and enjoy the summer season!