Angel Law, P.C.Reminds Families About Danger of Open Windows
Two more children fell out windows in Oregon at the end of June, 2012.
A 16 month old fell about 20 feet through a window screen in Oregon City
around 1p.m. one afternoon, and later a five year old child fell out of
a window in Sunnyside, which is also in Clackamas County. Both children
were taken to the hospital for injuries. Only two days earlier a four
year old had fallen through a window screen in Happy Valley and was also
taken to a nearby hospital.
As temperatures in the Portland metro area heat up, the seasonal danger
of children falling from windows rises. Because the Summer months are
comparatively mild, many Portland area residents do not have air conditioning
since many view it as unnecessary. As a consequence, open windows in homes
all over Portland can present a danger for children who don't understand
the limitations of window screens.
Pediatrics journal recently reported that nearly 100,000 children were treated in
U.S. emergency rooms for injuries suffered from falls from windows between
the years 1990 and 2008. It is estimated that about 5,000 children are
still treated every year in hospital emergency rooms from window falls
across the country. The majority of falls occur in younger children with
the highest rate of injury for 2 year olds who cannot appreciate the danger
of an open window.
Sadly, some parents also fail to understand that a window screen does not
offer reliable protection against falls even for small children. There's
a misconception among some parents who believe their toddler is too small
to push through the window screen. But emergency room statics tell a different story.
Parents can take some simple measures to reduce the risk of falls from
- Use window guards or other devices that prevent the window from opening
more than 4 inches.
- Make sure furniture is moved away from windows that toddlers might use
to climb onto the window opening.
- Plant bushes or flower beds outside of windows; remarkably, the cushioning
effect from bushes and flower beds is believed by experts to greatly reduce
the degree of injuries in many cases when a child does fall.
- Educate children. Make sure your child understands the important of not
playing around or climbing on open window spaces.
- When possible open windows from the top instead of the bottom if the design
of the window permits the option.
- Supervise young children at all times when windows are open in the house.
Angel Law, P.C.'s
Portland personal injury attorneys hope Oregon families will take a moment this summer to pause and appreciate
the risks that open or unlocked windows can present to young children.
Close supervision and window guards may be the best measures parents can
take to prevent their children from unnecessary window falls.