|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2013
|CONTACT: Joy Alexiou|
PROTECT YOUR CHILD FROM WINDOW FALLS
Santa Clara County, CA. In July, five (5) children fell through screened windows and were admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. One child died.
Nationwide, thousands of children are injured or killed from falling from a window every year. The most common victims are toddlers who fall out of an open bedroom window with a screen. At Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) the number of Trauma Center patients under the age of 15 years has increased over the last three years: 2010: 12 patients; 2011: 18 patients; 2012: 18 patients.
The ongoing tragedy of children falling out of windows can be prevented. Parents, family members, friends, and babysitters can follow these tips to prevent most window falls:
- Keep furniture away from windows. A bed, couch and other furniture lets a child get higher and closer to a window.
- Lock all unopened windows and balcony doors.
- Watch your kids, especially around windows and balconies.
- Put in window safety guards because many children fall out of open windows with window screens. Window screens will not keep your child from falling. Screens are meant to keep bugs out and not children in.
- Teach others – family, friends and babysitters about home and window safety.
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center provides high-quality, specialized treatment for emergency medical care, trauma, burns and rehabilitation from severe injuries. In some cases, Santa Clara County’s public hospital is the only hospital in the region to provide this level of comprehensive care. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission. For more information, visit www.scvmed.org