The weather is supposed to turn rainy and a mite colder tomorrow, but, today, it’s still sunny and warm — enough so that you might feel the urge to pop open your windows. However, these open windows pose hazards to children and the Connecticut Department of Public Health is asking that you take steps to keep kids away.
In a press release, the DPH cited stats from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimating that about twelve children 10 years old and younger die each year, and more than 4,000 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for window fall-related
To protect your little ones, the DPH offers the following tips:
• Never depend on screens to keep children from falling out of windows.
• Open windows from the top, not the bottom, whenever possible.
• Keep furniture away from windows to discourage children from climbing near windows.
• Install window stops so that windows open no more than four inches.
• 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. For windows on the 7th floor and above, install permanent
• Look for guards that have bars no more than four inches apart.
• Window guards screw into the side of a window frame. They are sold in different sizes for
various sized windows and adjust for width. Guards must meet requirements for spacing and
strength, and those that allow for escape in case of emergencies must be difficult for very
young children to open.