Window safety tips to help reduce accidental falls
Pella® Windows and Doors encourages you to add “practice window safety” to your “to-do” list. Following simple window safety guidelines can help protect the safety of loved ones.
About 5,200 children in the U.S. are taken to hospitals each year for treatment from a window fall, according to a study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. That’s an average of about 14 children per day. Children younger than 5 made up 65 percent of those injured.
Many falls occur during spring and summer, as people open windows to let in fresh air.
Pella Corporation partners with the National Safety Council, through its Window Safety Task Force, to educate consumers about the importance of observing window safety year-round.
Window safety tips from Pella:
- Keep furniture like beds or dressers away from windows. Furniture placed directly under a window can create an enticement for a child to climb and the potential to fall.
- Keep children’s play safely away from windows, doors and balconies to help prevent an accidental fall or injury.
- Remember, insect screens are designed to provide ventilation and to keep insects out, NOT to prevent falls. For added safety in children’s bedrooms, consider installing window guards or window fall prevention devices that meet American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards.
- Window treatments with traditional cords can contribute to childhood injuries. For added protection, choose blinds and shades with no room-side cords like Pella Designer Series® windows and patio doors, which feature between-the-glass blinds and shades. Pella 350 Series patio doors also offer between-the-glass blinds or shades with no roomside cords.
- Plant soft shrubs, like boxwood, or yews, under exterior windows that might be used as an emergency escape route to help soften a fall.
- Do a “clutter sweep” and remove tripping hazards near exit routes from window, doors or balconies.
- Do not allow children to jump on beds or other furniture, especially near windows.
- Talk to older children about the dangers of playing near windows.
Tips to help childproof your home
More than 3 million unintentional injuries to children 14 and under happen each year and require emergency room care, according to Safe Kids USA. These safety tips from Safe Kids USA can help keep your family safer:
- Provide a safe sleep environment for babies by having them sleep alone in their own sleeping area without blankets, bumpers or pillows.
- Adult supervision is the most important safety precaution you can take. Give young children your full attention.
- Create a safer home for your child by looking for potential hazards and taking steps to remove them.
- Low-cost safety devices can help keep your kids safe at home, including outlet plugs, cabinet and drawer locks, window stops to limit a window sash opening, window fall prevention devices, furniture straps and brackets, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and stair gates.
- Window safety tips fact sheet (http://pressroom.pella.com/fast_facts/115/)
- Window safety video (http://pressroom.pella.com/news-and-views/video/28/)
- Free, printable Window Safety Activity Book from the National Safety Council, http://www.nsc.org/get_involved/divisions/Documents/LookOutKids_042103.pdf