With the recent warm weather, it's a good time to remind parents of the dangers that open windows pose to children.If you have young children in your home, be extra cautious about which windows you open and how far you open them.
“Kids are curious by nature and top-heavy by design, so an open window can be an invitation to trouble,” says Erin Summa, MPH, a Health Promotion Coordinator with the Mary Bridge Center for Childhood Safety.
Falls are not only the leading cause of injury hospitalization in the United States, but Pierce County has the highest number of pediatric window falls in Washington state.
Who is at risk? Particularly boys under the age of 5, but we recommend you secure any accessible windows more than six feet off the ground for all children under age 7.
Tips to prevent window falls
What doesn’t stop a window fall?
For more information about window safety, call the Mary Bridge Center for Childhood Safety at (253) 403-1234.
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