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A Window to Safety

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From the moment our babies start to crawl, the world is a magical place filled with new adventures and discoveries. We want to create an environment where kids have the freedom to explore and discover and have fun. That means taking a few precautions around the house to minimize the risk of serious injuries.

One place to start is by checking out your window situation, and this is a great time to do it. The National Safety Council has designated the first week in April as Window Safety Week. Here are few things to think about so those expeditions around the house continue to be fun and safe.

Three Things You Can Do

  • Install Window Guards and Stops. Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly installed window guards prevent unintentional window falls. For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire. Window stops are also a great idea. They allows fresh air and a cross breeze and still ensure windows can’t open wide enough for kids to fall out.
  • Open Windows from the Top and Close After Use. If you have windows that can open from both top and bottom, make a habit of opening just the top to prevent accidental falls. Keep in mind that as kids grow, they may have enough strength, dexterity and curiosity to open the bottom so try to keep windows locked and closed when they are not being used.
  • Keep Kids From Climbing Near Windows. For your crawlers and climbers, move chairs, cribs and other furniture away from windows to help prevent window falls. Never move a child who appears to be seriously injured after a fall — call 911 and let trained medical personnel move the child with proper precautions.

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Spring is coming (we hope). Enjoy the warmer weather and these tips for staying safe. For more information about falls see our tips page. If you are looking for ways to help create a fire plan for your family, start here.