PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Four local children have fallen from windows in the past month.
None have died but a 6-year-old sustained life-threatening injuries after falling from a second-story window onto bark dust in Wilsonville on Thursday.
As summer weather approaches, parents want to warn others about window safety.
Ashley Reck co-founded Stop at Four in 2009 after her son Parker died falling from a window in their Molalla home. Children can fall from windows that are open more than four inches.
Reck is warning parents to take the time to buy window stops or guards before a tragedy happens.
“I think the biggest thing that I learned is that it can happen to you — you know?” she said. “Don’t think that you’re not one it can happen to cause it can.”
- Only allow windows to open 4 inches. Install a window stop (PDF) to keep children from opening them further. Be sure an adult can open the window in an emergency.
- If you open windows wider than 4 inches, install window guards (PDF) with an emergency release device.
- Remember, windows also serve as a secondary means of escape during an emergency. Make sure windows are accessible and can open fully without special knowledge or tools.
- Do not rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall. Screens are to keep bugs out, not kids in.
- Keep windows locked and closed when not in use.
- Keep furniture — or anything children can use to climb — away from windows.
- Teach children to play a safe distance from windows and enforce this rule in your home (i.e. “we play two big steps from windows”)
- When buying new windows, ask for ones with built-in-4-inch-limiters.
- Learn how to prevent window falls…The Campaign to Stop Window Falls.