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Why injury? It's this simple: more children die from injuries every year than from the next three leading causes of death combined. Nobody knows this because no one is talking about it. In the U.S., one child dies every hour from an injury that could have been prevented. Around the world, a child dies every 30 seconds as the result of an injury. You don’t need to have a child to know that we can do better.

 

National Window Safety Week 2016 – Preventing Window Falls

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Windows can spark a child’s imagination. New sights and sounds can attract children to windows, but playing near a window can be dangerous. It only takes a second for a child to fall out of a window, which can cause head and brain injuries, broken bones, and even death. 

Research shows that young children are at higher risk of falling out of a window. Every year, more than 3300 children younger than five years of age are treated in U.S. emergency departments for injuries related to window falls. That’s about 9 children per day. Older children may also experience a window fall, so consider taking the steps below for houses with children up to 11 years old. If you have a child or a child visits your house often, here are some easy steps you can take to prevent window falls. 

  • Install it. Screens are not strong enough to keep a child from falling. They are only designed to keep bugs out, not kids in. Installing window guards or stops is the best way to prevent a child from falling out of an open window.
  • Move it. Prevent children from getting to windows by moving items they can climb on, such as beds, dressers, and shelves, away from windows.
  • Lock it. Keep windows locked when they are closed. Only open windows that children can’t reach. If you have double-hung windows, only open them from the top.
  • Teach it. Create a no-play zone by moving all toys and decorations away from windows. Teach children not to play in this area.

If a fall does occur: Don’t try to move your child; call 911 immediately. For more information on this and other topics visit www.PreventChildInjury.org.

This post is courtesy of Prevent Child Injury, a national group of organizations and individuals, including researchers, health professionals, educators, and child advocates, who work together to prevent injuries to children and adolescents in the U.S. In collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Prevent Child Injury promotes coordinated communication to the public about prevention of child injury, which is the leading cause of death of our nation’s youth. To become a member of Prevent Child Injury or for more information and resources on this and other injury topics, please visit www.preventchildinjury.org.

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