From the moment a baby start to crawl the world becomes a magical place filled with new adventures and discoveries. We want to create an environment where kids have the freedom to explore, discover and have fun. That means taking a few precautions around the house to minimize the risk of serious injuries.One place to start is by checking out the windows in your home.
The National Safety Council has designated the first week in April as Window Safety Week. Here are few things you can do to help make your baby's expeditions around the house fun and safe.
Install window guards and stops
Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly installed window guards prevent unintentional window falls. For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire. Window stops are also a great idea. They allows fresh air into your home while ensuring windows can’t open wide enough for kids to fall out.
Open windows from the top and close after use
If you have windows that can open from both top and bottom, make a habit of opening just the top to prevent accidental falls. Keep in mind that as kids grow, they may have enough strength, dexterity and curiosity to open the bottom. Keep windows locked and closed when they are not being used.
Keep kids from climbing near windows
For your crawlers and climbers, move chairs, cribs and other furniture away from windows to help prevent window falls.
Never move a child who appears to be seriously injured after a fall. Call 911 and allow trained medical personnel move the child with proper precautions.