The Campaign to Stop Window Falls grew out of concern by injury prevention specialists who were seeing a high number of children entering the trauma system in Oregon from falling out of second-story windows during warm weather. While relatively few children die from this, one child, Parker Reck, died in 2009. This campaign is dedicated to the memory of Parker.
Becca Cunningham, a local mom wrote this window safety book for children after her son fell from a window. To support the Campaign to Stop Window Falls and order a book through Authorhouse, click here.
Window falls account for approximately 8 deaths and 3,300 injuries among children ages 5 and under annually, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. In Oregon, about 40 children ages 0-5 fell from windows annually. The majority of window falls occur between the months of May and September, typically during warmer weather when windows are open for cooling and ventilation.
When opening windows – Stop and Lock at 4 inches.
Window falls are predictable, therefore preventable. On this website, there is information on:
- What families can do to prevent child window falls
- Where families can find information on what kind of window stop, lock or guard is needed for their particular windows
- Where educators can learn about the issue and spread this injury prevention message
We need your help to reduce the risk of injury to children – please learn about window falls and take action!
Window Fall Prevention Tips from Safe Kids Oregon
Install Window Guards and Stops
- Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in.
- Install window stops to windows you want to open no more than four inches.
- For windows you want to open more than 4 inches, properly install window guards to prevent window falls.
Open Windows From the Top and Close After Use
- If you have windows that can open from both top and bottom, make a habit of opening just the top to prevent falls. Keep in mind that as kids grow, they may have enough strength, dexterity and curiosity to open the bottom window.
- Keep windows locked and closed when they are not being used.
Keep Kids From Climbing Near Windows
- For your crawlers and climbers, move chairs, cribs and other furniture away from windows to help prevent window falls.
Reminder: Never move a child who appears to be seriously injured after a fall – call 911 and let trained medical personnel move the child with proper precautions.
We thank our Key Sponsors of the Stop at 4 Campaign: