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Did you know?

  • Falls from windows are an important cause of injury in childhood.
  • Every year almost 5,000 children are injured after window falls.
  • Most children who fall are between 2 and 5 years old.
  • Most falls happen in the spring and summer months, when windows are open.
  • Most of these falls are preventable.

Small steps can save a child's life:

  • Always supervise small children.
  • Never open windows more than 4 inches.
  • Open windows from the top down, if possible
  • Move furniture away from windows.
  • Install window stops or releasable child-safety window guards.
  • Never rely on window screens to prevent children from falling out a window.
  • Screens are designed to pop out for fire safety—the weight of a toddler can easily push through a screen.

Presentation slides (PDF) by Tony Gomez, Manager of Public Health's Violence and Injury Prevention Unit and Brian Johnston, MD, MPH, Prof. of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine at the April 2019 King County Board of Health meeting on Window Safety for Young Children. Video presentation below:

Two kids looking out open window. Photo by Mario Rassi: by Mario Rassi

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