Be Mindful: 5,200 Children Fall From Windows Each Year

Be Mindful: 5,200 Children Fall From Windows Each Year

Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 24, 2011

On average 14 children a day in America take a tumble out of a window according to emergency room statistics. Even if you don't live in a highrise, that doesn't mean your child isn't at risk. Do you know how best to keep them safe? Has it even crossed your mind? just wrote an article about this important issue and highlighted the public safety campaigns in New York and Boston (titled "Children Can't Fly" and "Kids Can't Fly" respectively). As they point out, children and window safety should be thought about in every home not just in urban areas. The Time article suggests several things parents can do to keep children safely inside including moving furniture that could be climbed on away from windows, installing window stops to prevent windows from opening all the way and, as is mandatory in many cities, putting safety guards on windows.

Read the full article, "Study: 5,000 Children Fall From Windows Each Year", by Bonnie Rochman on Time's website.

(Image: Flickr member Vivian Chen licensed for use by Creative Commons)

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