by Whitney Henrie
Child Advocacy Specialist
Opening the windows and letting the breeze in is one of the best things about the warmer temperatures. Unfortunately, open windows can be dangerous for young children, especially windows on the second story or higher. Falls from heights onto hard surfaces can cause brain damage or death.
Each year in the United States, 15 to 20 children under the age of 11 die, and nearly 15,000 are injured, because of falls from windows. Children are more likely to die or be injured severely after a fall from a window than from any other type of fall, and children under age 5 are particularly at risk.
In August of 2012, two Utah children fell from windows on the same day. Both were under the age of 4, were unsupervised at the time, and climbed up on a piece of furniture to get to the window.
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