A four year old Mableton boy is in stable condition after falling 30 feet from a window. The boy was being watched by a teenage sibling and the homes windows were open when the child apparently pushed a chair against the window sill and then fell through the window screen.
Window screen are easily pushed out by young children and should never be counted on as a safety device. Here are some window safety tips courtesy of safekids.org:
FALL PREVENTION TIPS
Install Window Guards and Stops
- Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly install window guards to prevent unintentional window falls. For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire.
- Install window stops so that windows open no more than four inches.
Open Windows From the Top and Close After Use
- If you have windows that can open from both top and bottom, make a habit of opening just the top to prevent accidental falls. Keep in mind that as kids grow, they may have enough strength, dexterity and curiosity to open the bottom.
- Keep windows locked and closed when they are not being used.
Keep Kids From Climbing Near Windows
- For your crawlers and climbers, move chairs, cribs and other furniture away from windows to help prevent window falls.
- Never move a child who appears to be seriously injured after a fall — call 911 and let trained medical personnel move the child with proper precautions.
- See more at: http://www.safekids.org/tip/falls-prevention-tips#sthash.jWsvt7bk.dpuf
We pray that this child makes a full recovery. If you need assistance or have questions about childproofing your windows please contact Safe Nest Babyproofing.