Local health officials warn parents about window falls
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Safe Kids Benton-Franklin is warning parents to make sure windows are safely secure so another life is not lost.
According to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, every year 15 to 20 kids under the age of 11 die from falling out a window in the United States.
Nearly 15,000 are injured every year.
As part of National Window Safety Week, local safety officials said there are things parents can do around the house to make a fall less likely.
“Parents and caregivers want to make sure that they don’t put furniture under windows that kids can climb on,” said Kathleen Clary-Cooke with Safe Kids Benton-Franklin. “Especially cribs, any place that a child is going to sleep or play. Even one death is one death too many, they are completely preventable.”
Clary-Cooke said parents should remember windows screens keep the bugs out, but not the kids in.
She also said Also that parents can also buy window stoppers at most stores to keep kids from falling out.