CPSC Urges Parents and Caregivers to Consider Safety Before Opening Windows

CPSC Urges Parents and Caregivers to Consider Safety Before Opening Windows.

“The window fall season is upon us. The harmless act of opening a window to enjoy the beautiful weather can lead to tragedy unless parents and caregivers of young children exercise proper safety precautions,” said Mindy A. Bockstein, Chairperson and Executive Director of the New York State Consumer Protection Board. “Let’s not be lulled into a false sense of security by window screens but properly install window guards and follow other safety measures.”

To help prevent injuries and tragedies, CPSC recommends the following safety tips:

* Safeguard your children by using window guards or window stops.

o Install window guards to prevent children from falling out of windows. (For windows on the 6th floor and below, install window guards that adults and older children can open easily in case of fire.)

o Install window stops so that windows open no more than 4 inches.

* Never depend on screens to keep children from falling out of windows.

* Whenever possible, open windows from the top — not the bottom.

* Keep furniture away from windows, to discourage children from climbing near windows.

* Some jurisdictions require landlords to install guards. Check your local regulations.

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