To support the efforts of National Window Safety Week, sponsored by the National Safety Council on April 6-12, 2014, Simonton Windows reminds parents to be extremely cautious with open windows in the home.
"Adults can never be too vigilant when it comes to making sure that children understand the importance of safety around windows," says Matthew Minerd, director of marketing for Simonton Windows. "It only takes a few seconds for a child to push too hard against a screen in an open window for an accident or fall to occur.
"Parents can help safeguard children in the home by keeping furniture (including cribs) and anything else a child can climb on, away from windows. And, if your home or apartment has Double Hung windows, open only the top part of the window that children cannot reach, to allow for ventilation.”
The organization Safe Kids WorldwideTM reports that unintentional falls are the number one cause of non-fatal injury for children, and 43 percent of fall-related injuries are among children ages four and under. Plus, children are twice as likely to be injured in a fall-related injury at home than at a childcare facility. The organization reports that children fall out of windows more frequently in large urban areas and low-income neighborhoods.
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