Especially as warmer weather approaches, the number of children falling from windows in the Tacoma area rises, with most accidents taking place between May and October. In fact, National Window Safety Week is the first week of April – when most people begin to open their windows in milder weather.
• Realize window screens are not there to protect children from falls. Window screens are meant to keep out insects and debris, not keep children from falling. Screens cannot hold a significant amount of weight and are not designed to stop objects from falling out of windows. • Install window guards into upstairs windows. These guards can be purchased at hardware stores and protect your children from toppling out of open windows. • Install window stops. These stops prevent anyone from opening your windows more than four inches. • If possible, open your windows from the top, not the bottom. Children are much less likely to fall out of the top of a tall window. • Do not put furniture in front of windows. Avoid putting cribs, chairs, dressers, and other furniture next to a window where a child could climb to a window’s height. • Keep windows locked and closed when you are not in the room. Never leave a child unattended near an open window.