MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The recent mild summer days have prompted many to turn off their air conditioners and crack open windows, but those with young children need to be cautious and, in some cases, take preventative measures to stop kids from falling out of them, the Hennepin County Medical Center says.
A spokesperson for the hospital said Monday that it admits 11 children a year who suffer injuries from falling out of windows.
The hospital’s message is especially pertinent after a 4-year-old boy fell three stories out of a window in Spring Park, Minn., over the weekend. That boy is in critical condition.
So how can such tragedies be prevented?
Don’t open windows above the first floor more than four inches, the hospital said. Fit windows with locks so they cannot open more than four inches. If possible, always open windows from the top. Don’t place furniture near windows. Teach kids not to play near windows, and make sure they are supervised at all times.
More than 5,000 children, on average, fall out of windows each year in the U.S., the hospital said.