In Oregon during 2014, 24 children were injured and two died in falls from windows. Most (if not all) of these accidents could have been avoided. This is National Window Safety Week and it's a great time to examine your windows to make sure they are safe for children.
Window fall injuries are predictable and preventable. Portland Fire & Rescue encourages families to follow these safety tips and install window stops or window guards on windows that pose a fall risk.
-Keep windows locked and closed when not in use. Make sure the hardware on them is properly attached.
-Only allow windows to open four inches and install a window stop to keep children from opening them further. (Check out Stopat4.com, a site dedicated to window safety awareness.)
-Never try to move a child who appears to be seriously injured after a fall. Call 911 and let trained medical personnel move the child with proper precautions.
Visit the Historic Belmont Firehouse and Museum (900 SE 35th Avenue) on Wednesdays from 9 am to 3 pm or on the second Saturday of every month. We have window locks for sale and free window clings that remind you to stop at 4.
Hands-on practice and one-on-one education are also available at The Randall Children's Hospital Safety Center at Legacy Emanuel.
The Safety Center is located at:
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center atrium
501 North Graham Street
Portland, OR 97227 (Free curbside valet parking available)
Hours: M-Th 9 am - noon or by appointment. Closed Fridays through Sundays and holidays.