Consumer Product Safety Commission
Preventing Window Falls
(HIT) - Every year, thousands of young children are killed or injured in falls from windows. To help prevent these tragedies, take the following actions especially for windows in bedrooms.
Safeguard your windows with window guards or window stops.
- 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.)
- 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.
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $800 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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Courtesy: Home Improvement News and Information Center