Posted on May 4th, 2013
Parents go to great measures to ensure that their children will be protected in the home. Electrical outlets are covered, small items that could be swallowed are hidden and medicine cabinets are locked. What many parents overlook is window safety. In fact, a Colorado mother didn’t see the potential danger of windows until her four-year-old son fell out the window, and down three stories.
Jessica Hayes of Aurora, Colorado, had pushed her couch away from the wall and next to a window so that she could shampoo the carpets. Her son, Dylan, had climbed up on the couch to chat with a neighbor through the window. While leaning against the screen, it gave way and Dylan fell to the rocky ground below.
After Jessica heard the screaming of her mother, who was also helping clean, she prepared herself for a gruesome scene. But when she ran down the stairs, her young son was standing there, apparently unhurt. They believe that after falling through the screen, Dylan did two somersaults in the air, and landed on his feet, three stories down.
Dylan went to the hospital as a precautionary measure, but was released only a few hours later. Doctors noted he had barely a scratch.
Dylan’s story serves as a precautionary tale for all parents and Dylan himself warns other kids “not to open windows.”
As many as 5,000 children fall out of windows each year in the United States. A small number of these children even die. It’s important for parents to childproof their entire home, including windows. Window guards can reduce fatal falls by up to 35 percent and should be essential in any home with small children. Parents should also consider other safety devices such as window wedges or braces or removing the hand cranks on casement windows.
Even though these safety devices can help save your children from injury, there is no replacement for active adult supervision.
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