window safetySpring, summer, and fall are great times to open the windows and let in the fresh air. However, it is important to be educated about window safety if there are children living in the home. Every year, thousands of children fall out of windows; some walk away with minor injuries while others suffer from severe injuries or even death.

The following are statistics and window safety tips recommended by Boston Children’s Hospital to help keep your little ones safe:

  • Falls are the most common cause of injury to children and most of them occur at home.
  • 3,300 children under the age of five get hurt from falling out of windows every year.
  • Window screens are to help keep bugs out NOT keep children in.
  • Window guards are an important feature in increasing window safety.
  • Features to look for in window guards include: emergency release in case of a fire, the center of the guard should withstand up to 150 pounds of outward pressure, and gaps no greater than 4 1/2″.
  • Keep furniture and other objects that children can climb on away from windows.
  • Always keep unopened windows locked.
  • Open the windows from the top, not the bottom.
  • Install window stops and adjust them so there is no more than a 4 1/2″ opening.
  • When children are old enough to understand, talk to them about the dangers of playing near windows.
  • Never leave a small child unattended

Boston has already had a few situations where a child has fallen through a window. Do not allow your child to become another victim. Implement the proper safety features in your windows, speak to your children about the importance of window safety, and never leave small children unattended.

If you are a resident of Boston, you can buy window guards at cost from Boston Building Resources. Please click here.

If you have a child who has suffered a personal injury from falling from a window while under the care of someone else, please contact Attorney Jim Brady and Associates, P.C. at: 508-660-8888 or via the web: http://attorneyjimbrady.com/contact-massachusetts-attorneys/.