Observe Window Safety Year Round
Eight Tips for Window Safety Week
As spring arrives, the Window Safety Task Force in partnership with the National Safety Council and Armed Forces Housing Advocates encourages parents and caregivers to recognize the importance of practicing window safety year-round. Window Safety Week is observed during the first full week of April each year. However, open windows can be dangerous any time of year for young children who are not properly supervised.
Each year, the Window Safety Task Force takes the first week in April to educate about the importance of practicing window safety year-round. AFHA is joining in on the cause, as window safety is close to our hearts, with two families on our team that sadly are part of a club that no one wants to join-window fall families.
Falls from a window can result in serious injury or death and pose an especially dangerous threat for children. Every year, about eight children under age five die from falling out a window, and more than 3,300 are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital.* What's more, according to Karen Jowers at the Military Times, "Fifteen children fell out of windows in privatized housing between 2017 and 2021, the latest year for which the Defense Department had figures. At least three more have fallen this year . Fortunately, none were killed in the past five years, but some suffered serious injuries. In 2011, however, a child was killed in a fall."
It only takes seconds for a preventable window fall to occur. To avoid these needless tragedies, it is very important for parents and caregivers to take steps to prevent home falls. At AFHA, we always suggest that families approached their MHPI housing company and ask for window guards, or at the least, window locks. For example, Aurora Military Housing in Anchorage has now added window limiters and guards to their self-help portal. Ohana Military Housing in Hawaii provides and installs window safety devices for second story windows by resident request. And according to their most recent resident message, Liberty Military Housing will install WOCDs for sills 25 inches and below. We are appreciative of the efforts to move the needle on window safety, and are hopeful that all housing companies will come to the same conclusion we have-the spirit of Evan's Law calls to install window fall prevention devices-window guards-in all MHPI homes that need them, at no charge, in order to save our children's lives.
To protect children, the Window Safety Task Force at FGIA and AFHA offer the following tips:
If you need help asking your MHPI company for window guards or help to pay for them, feel free to contact us for assistance. Visit www.nsc.org/windowsafetytaskforce and the window safety sections of the FGIA and WDMA websites to learn more. Also, follow the Window Safety Task Force on Twitter and Facebook for more tips and updates on this critical safety issue.
* According to Safe Kids Worldwide’s 2015 Report to the Nation: Protecting Children in Your Home