Preventing Window Tragedies

About 70 deaths and hundreds of serious injuries occur annually from window falls, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Take the following precautions to prevent young children from falling out of windows in your residence:

  • Open windows from the top, not the bottom.
  • Lock all unopened windows.
  • Install window guards and locks. Do not install guards on a window that is a fire exit.
  • Don't rely on screens to protect children from falls.
  • Keep furniture away from windows so children are not tempted to climb up to the sill.

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