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May 2, 2014 11:45 PM by Kelsey Kennedy

Secure Open Windows to Prevent Falls

Doctors at Children's Hospital Colorado at Memorial say falls from windows are one of the most common injuries for children under five during the summer.

Laura Kent, Coordinator of the Safe Kids Colorado Springs Coalition recommends window locks be installed on the top of your windows. This keeps the window from opening more than four inches wide, preventing serious injury to your child.

They can either land on their head, neck or spine. Those are probably the biggest injuries because the head is the heaviest, and when they come out they just land that way.

WIndow locks are cheap, and you can find them at any hardware store. You could also use a dowell cut to size in the bottom of the window frame to keep it from opening wide. Also, make sure your children don't have access to the window.

"Try to keep furniture away from the windows," Kent says. "Don't push beds up that close to the window, keep them away. Anything that the kids can be curious or crawl up on, climb in or get anywhere near the windows.

A screen alone will not prevent a child from falling. As with any fall, it's best not to move the fall victim to prevent further injury. Call 911 and let EMTs administer care.

 

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