National Window Safety Week
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With the first week in April being Window Safety Week, here are 4 tips to keep your children safe around windows while at home!
- Properly install window guards to prevent unintentional window falls.
- For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire.
- Install Window Guards and Stops.
- Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly installed window guards prevent unintentional window falls. Window stops are also a great idea. They allow fresh air and a cross breeze and still ensure windows can’t open wide enough for kids to fall out. Install window guards that adults and older children can easily open in case of emergency. Include this in your family’s fire escape plan and practice it regularly.
- Open Windows from the Top and Close After Use.
- If you have windows that can open from both top and bottom, make a habit of opening just the top to prevent accidental falls. Keep in mind that as kids grow, they may have enough strength, dexterity and curiosity to open the bottom so try to keep windows locked and closed when they are not being used.
- Keep Kids From Climbing Near Windows.
- For your crawlers and climbers, move chairs, cribs and other furniture away from windows to help prevent window falls. Never move a child who appears to be seriously injured after a fall — call 911 and let trained medical personnel move the child with proper precautions.
This post was prepared by Safe Kids Georgia Intern, Cameron Thomas.