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At Liberty Military Housing (LMH), we strive to continually improve the quality of life for service members and their families. Our goal is to bring awareness to military families and we strive to provide a safe home by making information available to you and your family.
SO, WHY IS WINDOW SAFETY AWARENESS IMPORTANT?
The goal of window safety awareness is for families to learn to safeguard against accidental window falls.
Windows rank as one of the top five hidden hazards in the home. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds everyone that it only takes 5 minutes to prevent a child or pet from falling out of a window.
Every year, more than 5,100 children are treated in the ER for injuries due to window falls. - Nationwide Children's Hospital
KEEP CHILDREN SAFE
Open windows keep our homes cool, but they also pose a safety risk for children. In exploring their surroundings, young children can accidentally fall through an open window or window screen.
Here are some tips from the Window Safety Task Force for keeping children safe around windows:
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.
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.
Supervise children to keep child’s play away from windows, balconies or patio doors.
Teach your child how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency, such as a fire.
Visit www.nsc.org/windowsafetytaskforce, as well as the window safety sections of the FGIA and WDMA websites to learn more. Follow the Window Safety Task Force on Twitter and Facebook for more tips and updates on this important safety issue.