GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – The home should be a safe place for everyone, but there are some hazards families should always be aware of. Ranking as one of the top five hidden hazards in the home are windows.

Falls from windows are more common than people might think. According to studies an average of eight children the age of five and younger die every year and more than 3,300 are hospitalized due to injuries from window fall.

To help keep your loved ones safe the National Safety Council Window Safety Task Force offers the following tips to help protect children from accidental window falls:

  • When young children are around, keep windows closed and locked
  • When opening a window for ventilation, use those located out of a child’s reach
  • Supervise children to keep child’s play away from windows, balconies or patio doors
  • Avoid placing furniture near windows to prevent young children from climbing and gaining access to an open window
  • Don’t allow children to jump on beds or other furniture to help reduce potential falls
  • Don’t rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall. Insect screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in the home
  • Install fall prevention devices designed to limit how far a window will open or window guards (with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire or other emergency) to help prevent an accident
  • Teach your child how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency such as a fire. Additionally, create a home fire escape plan that you can practice with your family
  • Use only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords in homes with young children. Loose or looped window covering cords can pose a strangulation risk. An average of eight children die each year after becoming entangled in a window covering cord

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