Spring is finally here. As a result, the weather is warming significantly. However, it is not yet warm enough for most people to justify turning on their air conditioning units. During this time of year, most of us open our windows when our homes become uncomfortably warm. In springtime, few simple pleasures are as nice as a cool breeze blowing through the house.
However, it is important for parents of small children to take certain precautions before opening your home windows this season. Windows are a perfect illustration of the fact that not all dangerous products are those that are subject to recall. Certainly, if a particular model of window was uniquely dangerous or defective it would be recalled. However, most windows are dangerous simply because children can fall out of them without warning.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, windows are among the top five everyday home hazards currently affecting American families. Young children who are curious about the world around them approach windows and often attempt to climb out of them simply because they can.
It only takes a moment for a child to slip outside of an open window. Anyone familiar with the inspiration for Eric Clapton’s song “Tears in Heaven” understands that this kind of tragedy can happen to anyone. In order to make windows less hazardous for your children’s sake, please consider installing window stops, window guards or other similar products designed to prevent potentially devastating falls among babies, small children and other vulnerable loved ones.
Source: CBS Pittsburgh, “CPSC Rates Kids Falling From Windows A Top 5 Home Hazard,” Mary Robb Jackson, April 4, 2014