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| May 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Window Fall Safety Urged as Warmer Weather Arrives

By TVF&R Staff

Every year in Oregon, approximately 50 children fall from second and third story windows and many suffer severe injuries. Window screens are not strong enough to keep a child from falling out of a window. They are designed to keep bugs out, not kids in. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue reminds parents, grandparents, babysitters, and all adults who care for children that window falls are preventable!

The encouraging news is that recent community-wide efforts to create public awareness of window safety are saving children’s lives. 2012 data from the Oregon Trauma Registry shows a 46 percent reduction in window falls from 2009 to 2011.  As a partner in the STOP at 4” campaign, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue urges parents and families to continue their commitment to window safety as we welcome warmer spring and summer weather and open our windows.  Please share the following tips with friends, family, or anyone else that has children living in or visiting their home.

  • Keep play areas, furniture, and anything a child can climb on away from windows.
  • Do not open windows more than 4” and install window stops. Window stops prevent windows from opening wide enough to allow a child to tumble out.
  • Window stops should be easily removed by an adult in the case of a fire or other emergency.
  • Lock windows when not in use.
  • Actively watch children near windows – no device can replace adult supervision!

Appropriate window devices can be purchased at any Ace Hardware store or at the Safety Store and Resource Center at the Legacy Randall Children’s Hospital at 501 N. Graham Street in Portland.

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Category: Beaverton Voice, TVFR

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