Window Screens Keep Out Bugs, But Wont Keep Children In
The CPSC reports that over 3,700 children are sent to emergency rooms each year because they have fallen from open windows. In Staten Island, along with the rest of New York City, window guards must be installed if you live in a building that has three or more apartments and a child under age 11 lives in your apartment. Even if you live on the first floor, you must have window guards if a child under age 11 lives with you. Your landlord is required by law to provide you with window guards if you meet the above requirements.
As the warmer weather approaches, you can take some very basic steps to prevent such accidents from happening. Instead of opening windows from the bottom, as most of us do, open the windows from the top. Also, keep furniture and toys away from the windows. Your little ones will be tempted to get a better look at what is going on outside their home by climbing on a chair or their toys. You should also install stops to prevent your lower windows from opening more than 4 inches. Falls from open windows unfortunately result in traumatic brain injuries to children. Brain Injury is the most frequent cause of disability and death among children in the United States. More than one million children sustain brain injuries every year and approximately 165,000 require hospitalization. So please, if you have small children, regardless if you live in a house or apartment, install window guards and window stops. The short time that it takes to install these safety devices can prevent a life-altering injury to your children.
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