Window falls prompt CPSC warning

KINGMAN - While the temperature has been going up, so has the number of children injured after falling through an open window.

Since April, at least 18 children have fallen from windows, and two of those died, said Nancy Nord, acting chairman for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in a news release.

"We are issuing this warning so parents will take the necessary steps to prevent these incidents from happening," she said.

The deaths and injuries frequently occur when kids push themselves against window screens or climb onto furniture near open windows, Nord said.

Although no incidents have been reported in the Kingman area, Kingman Fire Battalion Chief Bill Johnston said the message is an important one to get out. The risk isn't limited to multi-story buildings, because children can get injured from a first story fall as well, he said.

From 2002 to 2004, CPSC received an average of 25 reports a year of fatalities associated with falls from windows. Children younger than 5 account for approximately a third of those fatalities.

The CPSC has provided safety tips for the public, the first of which is the utilize window guards or stops, which won't open more than four inches. For windows on the sixth floor and below, the CPSC recommends you install window guards that adults and older children can open easily in case of fire.

If possible, the CPSC recommends installing windows that open from the top. The CPSC advises you to never depend on screens to keep children from falling out of windows.

Finally, you should keep furniture away from the windows to discourage children from climbing near windows, a release stated.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call the CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or the CPSC's web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html.