With the Washington heat wave underway and rising temperatures, this opens doors for more injury risks for young children. An open window, especially, can pose a potential risk for children under 5 years old. Window screens are meant to keep the bugs out, but can easily be pushed out by a child.
In 2013, Lake Stevens has already had one window fall, and this was prior to the sunny weather we are currently experiencing. Throughout Snohomish County there has been a total of six window falls, with four occurring in one week.
Lake Stevens Fire and Safe Kids Snohomish County offer the following tips for parents and caregivers to prevent falls from windows:
Adults should not depend on window screens to prevent children from falling. Screens can easily give way under a child’s weight.
Small children should be supervised by a responsible adult. Toddlers can easily push through a screen.
Move chairs, cribs, beds and other furniture away from windows. Children can fall from windows opened as little as 5 inches.
Consider installing window guards on all windows located on the ground floor and up. Be sure that these guards meet new federal standards for escape in the event of a fire. [Window guards can be found at your area hardware stores and at ToysRUs and BabiesRUs locations.]
If you have questions about window fall prevention, please call Lake Stevens Fire Public Educator Jennye Cooper at 425-334-3034. Take time to be safe this summer!