The Seattle Times reports that Harborview Medical Center treats approximately 50-60 children a year in and around Seattle for falls from windows. In the past two weeks, they have already treated about 12 children. Harborview employees nicknamed these patients, “Window jumpers.”
Chief of pediatrics at Harborview, Brian Johnston, says it is not always neglect when a child falls. Often, parents have a false sense of security when a window screen is in place. However, a window screen is not strong enough to contain a child that leans against it.
Falls from windows often result in severe head injuries, brain injuries and often death.
To prevent your child from falling from a window:
• Ensure furniture is away from windows • Install window guards • Install window stops to prevent windows from fully opening
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