Babyproofing. Childproofing. As parents and caregivers, we’ve read about it. We’ve talked about it. We’ve purchased locks and latches and gates – oh my! In an effort to do everything in our power to keep our kids safe, we’ve spent hours covering outlets, blocking the stairs, and moving potential hazards out of reach. We’ve checked the temperature of bottles and bath water. We’ve drilled locks into our cabinets and glued cushions to the sharp ends of our coffee table. Our furniture is strapped to the wall, our TVs are mounted, and our babies are safe. Right?
WHAT ABOUT OUR WINDOWS?
On March 20th, 2011, 4-year-old Hannah Geneser fell through an open 3rd story window while playing at a family birthday party. A few hours later, in the early morning hours of March 21st, Hannah died from injuries she suffered in the fall. After losing Hannah, her parents, Jamie and Shanda, established the Hannah Geneser Foundation to honor her memory and to help raise awareness about window falls.
Shockingly enough, window falls are quite common. Each year in the United States, over 5,000 children ages 10 and under are injured after falling from a window. The majority of serious injuries and deaths occur in preschool-age children and the most serious falls are from heights of 3 stories or more.
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