My son got a new loft bed! He loves it! We have taken the bottom bed out and he uses it as fort. So getting this new bed got me thinking how close he now is to the window. He has two windows in his room. One is double hung and I don’t like leaving even the fan in it during summer because it is a ground height. So now with this bed he is closer to the higher window, and pretty much could climb/fall right out if he knew how to open it.
So, I started looking for window safety devices. First off I found out that:
About 18 children ages 10 and under die annually from falls from windows.
Another 4,700 children ages 14 and under will require treatment each year for window fall-related injuries. (http://www.childrensnyp.org/).
Toddlers tend to fall from windows. (http://www.childrensnyp.org/).
Boys are twice as likely to die from fall-related injuries than girls. (http://www.childrensnyp.org/).
The majority of falls (more than 80 percent) among children ages 4 and under occur in the home. ( www.schneiderchildrenshospital.org).
Falls from windows tend to be the most severe or fatal. (www.schneiderchildrenshospital.org).
Preschoolers are at greatest risk for falls. ( www.schneiderchildrenshospital.org).
Most often, children who fall from windows are boys under the age of 5 who are playing unsupervised. ( www.schneiderchildrenshospital.org).
Reading all these statistics brought the question – how would I now protect my Son? I found this GREAT product called the Window Wedge. It is made by Randy and Marge of Cresci Products, Inc. Randy is a retired NYPD Detective who remembers responding to many incidents of children falling from windows. This is why he designed the Window Wedge.
Each Wedge is made of durable ABS plastic. They are installed with a easy hook and loop installation method. No tools, no screws, no nails, no window damage. This installation method ensures the safety and security of the window opening (which you control) as well as makes it removable for emergency situations.
Randy suggests that for children’s windows you make the opening no more than 4″.
Don’t have kids? You can still use the Window Wedge to ease you nerves and add some home security. The product is a big deterrent to criminals. The harder they push, the tighter the Window Wedge engages.
Review By : Tanya Peila
24/7 MOMS Project Manager
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