Last summer we blogged about window safety and the dangers posed by open
windows, especially for children. Even if windows are screened, children
can and have pushed through the screens and fallen out. Well, the weather
here in Portland just got nice, and what happened? A four-year-old boy
fell to his death from a second-story window in the family’s new
home. The accident happened at the family’s housewarming party.
I can only imagine how devastated the family must be.
Here in the Pacific Northwest we are so accustomed to keeping our windows
sealed and closed all winter that it’s easy to forget about taking
precautions when we first open the windows to nice weather. We’re
so thrilled to see the sun and have warm weather that we throw open the windows!
So, before you let in that nice warm breeze, make sure your windows are
safe. Install window locks or guards, and keep furniture away from windows
(children are often tempted to climb onto furniture to get closer to windows).