Did you know that about 14 children are hospitalized per day because of falls from windows? That’s around 52,000 kids every year, most of them under five years of age. These disturbing figures are why April 7-13th has been designated National Window Safety Week. As a replacement window company, we’ve very concerned about window safety. These tips can help you protect your little ones from unnecessary pain and your family from the worry that comes with an injured child.
When you’re not actively using your windows for ventilation, always keep them closed and locked. If you have double hung windows, lower the upper sash instead of raising the lower when you need to open them.
Don’t forget that window screens are not strong enough to hold a child’s weight. They’re designed only to prevent bugs from getting in while allowing fresh air to do so.
Interior and Exterior Design
To discourage access to windows, keep furniture away from the windows. This takes the temptation of continuing their climb from the couch into the great outdoors.
As for windows in kids’ bedrooms, look into adding guards and fall prevention devices that are up to ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) guidelines. Window dressings are also a concern. Window pulls and cords can cause injuries to children at play.
Consider adding shrubs like yew and boxwood under windows. This greenery is soft enough to soften falls in case of emergency evacuation or accident.
Monitor and Educate Children
If you have older kids, tell them about the dangers of playing around windows and balconies. They may be able to prevent their younger siblings by getting hurt, as well. Make sure young children don’t jump on furniture by windows and play a safe distance away from them.
Lastly, while you’re doing your spring cleaning, remove any tripping hazards from emergency routes.
With a little extra mindfulness, you can give your kids safer play times and you can enjoy worry-free time with them.