By Aileen Shen

kidscantflyThis week is National Window Safety Week! Celebrate by safeguarding your home with window guards. If you have a landlord, ask him or her to install them. If you own a home, purchase and install them using a video link below. 

Boston residents can get discounted window guards at Boston Building Resources on 100 Terrace St, near Roxbury Community College. Their business hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  

As temperatures rise and flowers bloom, are you thinking of opening your windows and spending more time outside?  One of the most important things to keep in mind is that window screens are meant to keep bugs out – rather than people in.

Window falls account for about 5,000 child injuries a year and can be fatal.  That’s about 14 injuries per day in the United States, with many of them happening among 0-4 year olds.*

Keep the following tips in mind as you think about opening windows for the season to have a happy and healthy year.

  1. Keep a close watch over kids at all times. Kids are curious and don’t recognize all danger.  As a second line of defense…
  2. Install window guards. They are made of sturdy metal and designed to keep kids from falling outside.  Window guards are simple to install and easily removable by adults.  Learn how to install window guards here:  English | Spanish.  If you have a limited number of window guards place them in rooms where the child spends the most time; often the bedroom or living room.
  3. When opening windows, open windows from top down, so the part lower to the ground is closed.
  4. Keep furniture away from windows. Kids like to climb them, especially 1, 2, 3, and 4 year olds, who are the most likely to fall out of windows as they are learning to walk, run, and climb.
  5. Keep unused windows and doors locked. This lowers kids’ risk of opening them and falling out.

For more information, please visit: www.bphc.org/kidscantfly

Aileen is the director of the Injury Prevention Program and enjoys running and biking in her free time.

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