It’s a sad story that is repeated nearly every summer: A child is seriously hurt after falling through an open window.
In fact, there’s a case in Portland this very week:
There are a lot of great resources for parents to prevent tragedies like this one.
Some tips from Doernbecher Children’s Hospital:
* Keep windows locked when they are closed.
* Never let children open windows by themselves.
* If you must open windows, open them from the top if possible.
* Prevent windows from opening more than four inches by installing window guards or window stops.
* In windows on the 6th floor and below, install window guards that can easily be removed by adults and older children in the event of a fire.
* Beware! Window screens may give you a false sense of security. They do not prevent falls.
* Teach your children not to lean out of or play near open windows.
* Don’t place furniture children may climb on near windows.
* Consider installing grass, shrubs or mulch under windows. They may help cushion a fall.