Spring has arrived in Kentucky, and with it has come sunlight, warmer days, and spring cleaning – all of which encourage Kentuckians to open their windows. Whether you live in a single-family home, an apartment, or another building, it’s important to supervise children around windows.
National Window Safety Week is April 7-13, 2013. During this week, it’s a good idea to review your home’s window safety and to pay attention to how your kids and your family use your windows. If you are injured by windows or window equipment, an experienced Kentucky injury lawyer can help you understand your rights.
Falls are one of the leading causes of injury to children, but falls from windows are preventable. Here are some tips for improving window safety in your home:
- Examine windows for cracks, splinters, and broken screens. Get any problems with windows fixed promptly.
- Don’t rely on screens to keep kids safe. Many screens are designed to pop out easily in an emergency, which means children may be able to push them out by themselves.
- Window guards can help protect children by making it difficult or impossible for them to climb out windows. Window stops can also help protect children by preventing a window from opening far enough for a child to fall out.
- Always supervise children when they are around open windows. Close and lock windows in any areas where children will be unsupervised, such as bedrooms or other areas that aren’t currently being used.
- Move furniture away from windows. This will help prevent children from climbing into windows easily, which can reduce the risk that they will fall out.
Check your home for each of these safety features and take action to make your property as safe as possible. The well being of children is far more valuable than the time and effort used to secure a home.