CPSC Alert: Take Precautions Against Window Falls

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning parents and caregivers to take precautions to keep children from falling from windows. With the arrival of the warmer spring weather, families across the nation are opening their windows to let the fresh air in. In recent weeks, CPSC says several children have fallen from windows.

"CPSC staff is aware of at least 18 falls from windows through media reports, including two deaths, involving small children since April," said CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. "We are issuing this warning so parents will take the necessary steps to prevent these incidents from happening."

These deaths and injuries frequently occur when kids push themselves against window screens or climb onto furniture located next to an open window.

From 2002-2004, CPSC staff received an average of 25 reports a year of fatalities associated with falls from windows. Children younger than five years of age account for approximately one-third of these reported fatalities. For all age categories, more males died from window falls than females.

To help prevent injuries and tragedies, CPSC recommends the following safety tips:

  • Safeguard your children by using window guards or window stops.
  • Install window guards to prevent children from falling out of windows. (For windows on the 6th 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.
  • 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.

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