Three years of Oregon Trauma Registry Data shows that there were 141 children ages 0-5 that fell from windows in Oregon during 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2009 and 2010, there were 51 and 52 children, and a decrease to 38 in 2011. Most of the falls were from second-story windows, although there were cases of falls from third-story windows, and two from a first-floor window. The majority of children survived, although two died from their injuries. None died in 2011.
Comprehensive information on window falls can be found in the Power Point presentations listed under the 2010 Community Forum tab.
Window Safety Products: Education, Selection and Installation
Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland is a regional resource for window safety education and related products for the home. The Safety Store and Resource Center is the area’s leading retailer of window stops and window guards and offers personalized, 1:1 consultations regarding proper installation and use of the products they sell. Please visit The Safety Store and Resource Center for more information.
For Practical Help, click here for the worksheets below:
- Windows that may pose a fall risk
- Know your window type
- Window stop options (things to consider before choosing a window stop)
- Window stop selector grid (product recommendations)
- Window guard options (things to consider when choosing a window guard)
- Window guard selector grid
- Measuring single- or double-hung windows for guards
- Measuring slider or casement windows for guards
During 2012, the Stop at 4 Task Force is building window fall prevention activities and capacity in five target counties: Multnomah, Clackamas Washington, Marion and Polk. While we are focused on these counties for this year, it is our intent to help build capacity for the prevention of pediatric window falls in all communities. There are 4 ways educators, parents, and interested retailers can help:
- Ask local vendors to carry the ASTM certified window stops and guards by Kidco and Guardian Angel. See Community Resources for a list of current vendors offering these products.
- Ask your Mayor to proclaim Window Safety Week each April. Use the Beaverton proclamation as a sample template to customize for your community.
- Partner with local fire departments and apartment building managers to install window stops in second-story and higher windows.
- Educate the public on the importance of window safety. Utilize the brochure below. A limited number of Window Safety clings for distribution are available by contacting us.
Downloadable Resources in English and Spanish
Stop at 4 brochure in English (Pdf)
Stop at 4 brochure in Spanish (Pdf)
Stop at 4 window cling (Pdf)
Also, watch a video on window safety here.