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At Lincoln 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 or become tragically entangled in a nearby window cord.
Here are some tips for keeping children safe around windows:
- Most importantly, supervision is the best way to prevent falls.
- Never place a crib, playpen, bed, or any type of low-standing furniture near a window. Whenever possible, place cribs and furniture on a non-windowed wall.
- Lock all unopened doors and windows.
- Don't allow windows to open more than 4 inches. This prevents small children from being able to squeeze through.
- Don't rely on window screens to prevent falls. Window or sliding door screens are intended to keep bugs out, not kids in.
- Encourage children to play in the center of a room, don't store their toys next to the windows.
- When window covering cords are present, ensure that all window covering cords are out of sight and reach, by shortening or moving them up and away, so that they are inaccessible to young children.
According to the National Safety Council, "Window safety starts with learning the actions you can take to observe window safety and encouraging others to do so. Responsible adults are the key to window safety. Remember, there is no substitute for adult supervision when it comes to keeping children safe."
For more information on window safety, visit: https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/child-safety/window-safety/window-safety-week