According to the research, most accidents involved falls from first-floor and second-floor windows of homes, not high-rise apartment buildings. And, the falls tend to happen most during the summer months when windows are left open more frequently.
Most of the injured children – boys were more prevalent than girls – suffered injuries to the face and head. An estimated 1,000 cases were fatal.
The study was based on data collected from 1990-2008 and found an estimated 98,415 children were treated for window fall-related injuries in the U.S., or close to 5,200 kids per year.
Children are curious by nature and want to check things out. They don’t know that an open window is a danger with severe consequences, said study co-author Dr. Gary Smith director of the Center for Injury Research.
Preventing Window Falls
Most importantly, avoid placing furniture near windows where young children can climb.
Window guards and window stops should be installed on all windows that are located on the 6th floor and below, according to the CPSC.
Window guards prevent children from falling out the window.
Install window stops so the window opens no more than 4 inches.
Screens will NOT prevent a child from falling out the window.
For renters, check local regulations as some jurisdictions require landlords to install window guards.
Supervise children to prevent them from playing near balconies, windows or patio doors.
Find out more by visiting the National Safety Council’s Window Safety Task Force.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.