Opening windows in the home is a wonderful way to enjoy the spring air, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is cautioning the public not to let unsupervised children around them. Open windows around a curious child could spell danger.
CPSC has teamed up with the National Safety Council to recognize National Window Safety Week, in an effort to raise awareness in the community about the potential dangers of open windows around young kids.
An estimated 3,300 children ages 5 and younger are treated at U.S. hospital emergency departments each year due to falls from windows. About eight young children die each year from their injuries.
To better protect children from these potential hazards, the CPSC advises consumers to take a few simple and quick steps:
- Install window guards and window stops,
- If possible, open windows from the top instead of the bottom,
- Keep furniture away from windows to limit a child’s access,
- Don’t depend on screens to keep children from falling out. Screens are designed to keep bugs out, not children in.