8 tips to practice window safety, prevent tragedy
By: Guest Contributor
Window Safety Week is observed April 1-7. However, open windows can be dangerous any time of year for young children not properly supervised.
Each year, the Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council takes the first full week in April to educate about the importance of practicing window safety year-round.
Falls from a window can result in serious injury or death and pose an especially dangerous threat for children. Every year, about eight children under age 5 die from falling out a window, and more than 3,300 are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital, according to Safe Kids Worldwide’s 2015 Report to the Nation: Protecting Children in Your Home.
“It only takes seconds for a preventable window fall to occur,” said Becky Turpin, director of home and community safety for the National Safety Council. “To avoid these needless tragedies, it is very important for parents and caregivers to take steps to prevent home falls.”
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