April 3, 2018
With Summer quickly approaching, a deadly threat comes to fruition—windows. Typically seen as a harmless mechanic, windows provide a possibility for young children to fall from them, causing serious injury and possible death. According to Safekids.org, every year there are 3,300 injuries and eight deaths from window falls. Window related accidents occur most frequently in the summer. During the humid months, people often leave their windows open, hoping to feel the nice summer breeze.
What most people are not aware of are the dangers windows present. In the week of April 1-7, window safety awareness week occurs. During this time, organizations attempt to inform the public on the correct window safety protocol. Window falls are twice as likely to occur at home, so it is a necessity for parents to know how to protect their children from these dangerous falls.
“I know the basics,” states Tracy Franzen. Franzen is the mother of a second grade student at Waukee. She is one of the parents who has begun to educate herself on proper window safety. “I know that for upper windows—or any windows—you aren’t supposed to be leaning against the screens,” she continued as she comments on how window screens aren’t enough to keep a child from falling.
In addition to window screen, cords from blinds can also prove to be deadly. Every month a child dies from window cord strangulation, according to Blank Children’s Hospital. It is important to keep window cords secure and away from the reach of children. There are many other important safety measures as well. These include making sure that if a window is open, make sure a child can’t reach it; moreover, don’t put furniture under windows, as it could allow a child to climb up the furniture and reach the window. Make sure that children’s play areas are not near a window, balcony, or patio door.
Window safety is not only important for parents, it is also important for teenagers to be aware of when they are watching their younger siblings or babysitting. Junior Vanessa Bittok has already begun to get an education on window safety from her parents. “I do know [windows] can be a danger,” Bittok stated. “My parents don’t like it when my brother is near an open window out of fear that my brother might fall,” she continued. Bittok has a seven-year old younger brother she frequently has to watch. Her parents have begun to educate her on window safety for when she watches her brother.
Parents always fear for the endangerment of their children. Don’t let window safety be forgotten due to all the other dangers a child may face. During Safety Awareness Week, take the time to educate yourself on how to prevent an accident from occurring.