Toddlers Killed in Window Falls

Julie Ryan Evans

boy at windowA few weeks ago in Plainfield, New Jersey, a 2-year-old boy fell to his death from a second-story window. Tragic and shocking, but unfortunately I've seen the same story repeated in local newspapers across the country in recent months.

Some are lucky and survive, but many others are seriously injured. Some, like this boy, die.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (SPSC), 3,300 children in the United States are taken to the emergency room each year from falls. Most of them are 5 and younger.

As temperatures approach perfection during this time when fall and summer meet, and more of us are opening windows, it's more important than ever to be vigilant.

Here are some tips from the SPSC:

  • Install window guards to prevent children from falling out of windows. (For windows on the sixth floor and below, install window guards that adults and older children can open easily in case of fire.)
  • Install window stops so that windows open no more than 4 inches.
  • Safeguard your children by using window guards or window stops.
  • Never depend on screens to keep children from falling out of windows.
  • Whenever possible, open windows from the top -- not the bottom.
  • Keep furniture away from windows to discourage children from climbing near windows.
  • Some jurisdictions require landlords to install guards. Check your local regulations.

I've got to say this is one area of safety I haven't given much thought to, but will as temperatures cool down in Florida. I now have an active toddler who's obsessed with going "side!", and I could definitely see her pressing up against a screen to get a better look.

What precautions do you take to prevent your children from falling out of windows? Have you ever had any scares?

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