A Heartfelt Plea from One of PF&R's Own: Put Guards on Windows to Keep Kids Safe
Fires and falls of all kinds are among the leading causes of injury and death in young children. National Window Safety Week is observed annually during the first full week of April to help educate people on how they can keep children from falling out of windows.
Nationwide, approximately 3,300 children fall from windows every year with 70% falling from second or third story windows. In Oregon, about 50 children ages 0-5 fall from windows annually. The majority of those falls happen during warmer months between May and September.
Portland Firefighter Jason Cunningham knows these statistics all too well because three years ago, his son Thomas became one of them. In this emotional video, the Cunningham family recounts the tragedy that came to their home and sends an important message out about how to prevent this kind of thing from happening to anyone you love.
Children can fall from windows allowed to open more than 4 inches. As parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters, we need to be aware of how to keep our children safe.
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