Window falls are much more frequent than you might imagine, but the danger of an open window often goes undetected until tragedy strikes. Annually, more than 5000 children go to emergency rooms after falling from windows and on average, eight children die from their injuries. Window falls are preventable if parents are armed with the right information.
Window Safety Brochure
Hannah's Hope for Window Safety, a program developed in collaboration with Unity Point Blank Children's Hospital, provides outreach and education on window safety including this brochure. Included inside are important statistics, a check list of windows at risk, types of window safety devices and where to purchase the devices. Please feel free to download the brochure and share with others.
The brochure is a large .pdf file and could a few moments to download. Print size is 8.5 inches by 14 inches (legal) and the document is 2-sided.
Window Safety Video
Take a moment to view a brief and informative video onhow to keep your children safe from window falls at home. Brought to you by the Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Injury Research and Policy.
Top Ten Window Safety Tips
Supervise you children as they play
Teach your children not to play near windows
Close and lock your windows when children are around
Only open windows that children cannot reach or are secured with compliant locks
Keep beds, furniture and anything a child can climb on away from windows
Do not depend on screens to prevent falls, they are not designed for this purpose
Repair broken windows or non-working parts as soon as possible
Open windows from the top, not from the bottom
Install child safety devices that comply with ASTM F2090-2008 and 2010 standards
Never leave young children unattended near open windows
Window Safety Educational resources
Here is information on window types, what kind of window stop, lock or guard is needed for your particular window.
We have done extensive research on unintended injuries resulting in death or serious injury of young children. The article and website links below are some that we found to be the most informative and helpful in the areas of injury prevention and child safety:
Unintentional Injuries in Children and Youth from the American Medical Association
Parents: ABCs of Raising Safe and Healthy Kids from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Injury Prevention Program (tipp) from the American Academy of Pediatrics