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Open Windows in Homes, Schools and Day Care Centers Pose Risks to Children

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


A common element in many homes can cause significant risk of injury to a child – the open window. Every year – over 5000 emergency room visits are reported that were necessitated when a child fell out of a window of a building. The Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio collected research and reported on the dangers of falls out of windows and resulting personal injuries to children. The danger can be easily removed by having window guards installed in the home, school, day care center, and other location frequented by children. It is also vital that adult supervision is provided in these settings. See Falls from Windows Cause Injuries to Children.

Child safety experts also recommend that homeowners, schools, and day care centers remove furniture away from window areas to prevent the wandering or curious child from using the furniture to gain access to the window sill area.

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