As soon as the nice warm weather is upon us it’s natural to want to open the windows and get some fresh air. However, this can also present dangers for little ones. According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, about 12 children ages 10 and under die annually because of window-related falls. Another 4,000 children ages 10 and under require treatment each year for injuries related to window falls. Additionally, falls are the number one cause of brain injury – 35.2 percent of brain injuries are caused by falls.
Help prevent window-related falls this season with these tips:
1. Keep furniture away from windows so children cannot climb up to them.
2. Lock all open windows, so little ones can’t push them up any farther.
3. Install window safety devices.
4. Check all window screens to make sure they are firmly in place.
5. Do not depend on screens alone to prevent falls. Screens are not designed to keep children in. They are meant to keep bugs and debris out and are not sturdy enough to prevent a fall.
6. If you do have windows open, make sure children are away from them and keep an eye on them at all times.
For more information on brain injury and prevention, go to www.biama.org.