Trauma And Injury Prevention
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Each year we hear the unfortunate news of a toddler being injured or killed from falling from a window. A recent study cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics says nearly 100,000 children were injured by falling from a window during a 20 year period (1990-2008).
Window falls occur most often during the spring and summer months when windows are open. Most window falls are from first, second, and third story windows and occur to children under the age of 5.
Window falls are preventable with a few simple actions.
Keep all window cords out of the reach of children. Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short and that continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall.
Reference: American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatric Injuries Attributable to Falls from Windows in the United States in 1990-2008.