NEWS | May 2, 2019

Warmer weather increases kids' risk of falling from windows

Tips to help keep children safe from falling out of windows

(SACRAMENTO)

About 5,000 children in the U.S. each year are hospitalized after falling out of windows. These injuries are more common during the spring and summer months, since people tend to open their windows during warm weather.

Photo of child looking out window
Children are more likely to fall from windows during the warm spring and summer months.

According to Melissa Vanover, UC Davis general surgery resident, children younger than 5 years of age are the most likely to fall from windows. These young children are also at the highest risk for suffering serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries.

At UC Davis Children's Hospital, about 40 children are hospitalized after falling from windows each year. Vanover reminds everyone that window screens are not designed to stop a child from falling.

Six tips to prevent children from falling out of windows

• Keep windows closed and locked where children are playing.
• Do not leave windows open more than four inches.
• Install stops on sliding windows to limit how far they open.
• Install window guards on all windowson the second story or higher.
• Move sofas, chairs, tables and other furniture away from windows so children cannot climb them to access windows.
• Do not leave young children at home unsupervised.

Other resources

ABC10's video about window safety, featuring Melissa Vanover
Sac&Co. interview with Melissa Vanover: Dangers of Window Falls for Kids
Stop at 4 Campaign: Child Window Fall Prevention
SafeKids.org: Tips for Preventing Falls from Windows

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital providing care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for its critically ill patients, as well as the West Coast's only level I children's surgery center. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. For more information, visit children.ucdavis.edu.