SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As the weather warms up, many of us look forward to opening up the windows and letting some fresh air in, but doing so could create a dangerous situation for your children. 22News is working for you with some safety tips for letting the breeze in while preventing accidental falls.
Unfortunately, every year we hear the stories of young children who fell out open windows or were pushed through screens. In fact, more than 3,300 children under the age of five are hurt in window-related falls every year.
We went to Rocky’s Ace Hardware to find out which products you can use to prevent these falls.
- There are window guards, which are like bars over the window that are designed to prevent falls.
- There are also window stops that prevent windows from opening more than a few inches.
Here are some other tips:
- Try to keep furniture or other items kids could climb up on away from windows
- Place or plant outdoor surfaces like grass or shrubs, which could lessen the impact of a fall.
It’s all part of the constant process of determining what your kids might explore — before they do.
“As the child grows up and starts walking and crawling, there are different things as a parent you have to do to protect your child– with door locks, cabinet locks, blockers for electrical outlets,” Rocky’s manager Bruce Drewniany said.
While you do want to prevent accidental falls, you don’t want to permanently close windows off altogether with nails or paint. In the event of a fire, a window could be the only way for your family to safely get out.