5,000 kids a year hurt in falls from windows
August 22nd, 2011
12:01 AM ET

5,000 kids a year hurt in falls from windows

The number of children treated in U.S. emergency departments for falls from windows approached 100,000 between 1990 and 2008, says a study in the journal Pediatrics. The research shows that the number of injuries declined during the first decade of the study period, but has since plateaued.

"We still are seeing over 5,000 children a year treated in hospital emergency departments across the country for injuries related to window falls, said Dr. Gary A. Smith, study author and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. "That's 14 children a day. This continues to be a very common, important problem."

Researchers studied data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, maintained by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The group monitors injuries involving consumer products, treated in emergency departments nationwide. Researchers divided data from almost 4,000 patients  into two groups: 0-4 years and 5-17 years.

Boys were involved in more falls from windows than girls were. In addition, the younger children made up two-thirds of the injuries. The injury rate was highest at age 2.

"These are kids who don't recognize danger – they're curious, they want to explore and when they see an open window, they are going to investigate," Smith said. "Kids at that age tend to be top heavy. Their center of gravity is up near their chest and so as they lean out of the window to see what's going on, they'll topple."

Many of the young children experienced injuries to their head or face, and, often times, these led to hospitalization or death. On the other hand, children in the older group were more likely to have fractures to their arms or legs.

While a few children did fall from a third story or higher, many more fell from a first- or second-story window.

"What we're finding is that most of these aren't these really high-rise buildings," Smith added. "These are just often homes or apartments that aren't high-rise, where children live. This is a problem that extends to small towns and even rural areas across the country."

He reinforces the message that a screen does not offer protection and should give parents no feeling of comfort.

Smith, who is a pediatric emergency medicine physician, offers the following advice for parents.

Parents of children younger than 5:
-Use window guards or locks
-Do not allow any window to be open more than four inches
-Move furniture away from windows so children cannot climb on it

Parents of children older than 5:
-Educate children and teens of the risk of climbing out of a window or jumping from it

The authors also note that the landing surface made a difference. The patients who ended up on a cushioned surface often fared better than those who ended up on a hard surface.

"Our focus should be on preventing the child from falling in the first place, but cushioning the fall can help," Smith noted.

"If a child falls from a window and they land on bushes or a planted flower bed, that often is enough to cushion the fall so that they'll end up with bruises or scrapes instead of a severe injury," he said.

The study points out that great reductions were seen in New York and Boston after programs were implemented there to combat the problem. The programs involved education in the community and among parents. Window guards were also made available. In New York City, window guards became mandatory in apartments where young children lived.

"We know what works," Smith said. "We need to now go out and implement that."

Smith said there were limitations with the set of data, especially with fatality numbers, and therefore these numbers under represent the problem.

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  1. Bob

    II think we need an immediate ban on windows, on buildings taller than 1 floor, and we should require the ground under every window to be padded OR require iron bars on all windows!!! We must protect stupid children!

    August 22, 2011 at 07:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pinky

      I concur... Recall all Windows

      August 22, 2011 at 08:00 | Report abuse |
    • Nursejana

      Yeah. All these flippant comments are funny, but if this happened to your kid because of an innocent oversight or mistake, you might see this differently. This happened to my son, when he was 2. He fell out the window and broke his pelvis, thank God it was not his head. No, we are not stupid, uneducated, or otherwise "impaired". We lived in the suburbs. People need to realize that tragedy can strike no matter who you are or where you live.

      August 22, 2011 at 08:09 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Yes All windows MUST be removed. (I was going to say the same thing, but instead ill add to it).

      August 22, 2011 at 08:09 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      But tragedy isn't really tragedy....its natural selection, and people over react to things so were attempting to show people how dumb it is.

      August 22, 2011 at 08:14 | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      You're an idiot. Do you expect 2 year olds to understand this? The article is just meant to provide parents with a sense that they should take a little more care around windows than they might have previously. But then again since you're in mommy's basement you don't have to worry about falling out of windows.

      August 22, 2011 at 08:28 | Report abuse |
    • wayne

      Does OSHA know about this?

      August 22, 2011 at 09:44 | Report abuse |
    • dabble53

      You can die from a fall of just a few feet....better ban all housing with windows, or at least ban all windows that are more than 2 feet from the ground. And all buildings must be done in a split-level form...no more than 2 steps from one floor to the next as no doubt the 2nd highest cause of child injuries is falling down a flight of stairs.

      August 22, 2011 at 09:59 | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Seriously, sometimes it amazes me what ideas people come up with and then want to enforce their belief on everyone else. There are how many people in the U.S? 250+ million? 5000 would represent .002% of the population. We don't need new laws or codes to pay money to enforce, or manufacturing changes to drive up the cost of building materials. There's no government in this great nation that could cut that 5000 down any better than parental supervision and parental care that these kids should be receiving anyway. Will accidents still happen? Yes. Can most be avoided? Yes. Just be more attentive to your kids activities at home and if your too tired like every other parent on Earth, suck it up and do your job!

      August 22, 2011 at 10:22 | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Better yet, issue an ultimatum to the city of Venice, to start making safer blinds.

      August 22, 2011 at 10:36 | Report abuse |
    • gef05

      You know, if you guys are going to troll, you could at least do a good job of it. This whole "nya nyah derp" shtick is pretty lame. Actually, technically, it's probably not really even a troll. Just noise.

      August 22, 2011 at 10:43 | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      Good Day. I would like to chime in about windows. My husband and I are rebuilding a house. And we have to put windows in that are code compliant. The new code for windows for EGRESS is that the clearing must be at LEAST 5.7 sq feet–this is the opening part of the window. The window must OPEN to the 5.7 sq feet. My husband and I are putting in 4ft by 4ft windows in our house, as we do not want to special order windows and this is the only off-the -shelf window we can by that actually meet the code compliancy. However, they scare me to death for children. I understand that a fireman with all its apparatus has to fit INTO the window when trying to save a child. But a very large size adult could fall out of it–not to mention a small child. My husband and I have three children–all of who are teenagers now–but we think about future grandchildren who will visit. It is scary. BTW if anyone wonders where 5.7 sq feet came from: 5.7 sq feet is the amount of space the average size fireman needs with his gear on. I myself would think the fireman would just break a window...but maybe I am wrong.

      Banning Windows all together-nahhhh. Everyone wants to see what is going on in the world around them. What do you think attracts a child to a window? This is why the window size alarms us so.

      Everyone have a great day.

      August 22, 2011 at 10:54 | Report abuse |
    • PCT


      August 22, 2011 at 11:45 | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Nursejana, the poster wasn't speaking of you or hubby being stupid. The poster was speaking of stupid children.
      ALL children are stupid, they have yet to LEARN. They have yet to learn how to reason and predict what might happen.
      Trust me, I was personally LOADED with stupid as a child.
      I didn't speak until late, instead, training my parents on what I wanted by pointing and making noise.
      I started speaking when I stood in a third story window sill and my mother found me. Knowing from her face that I was in trouble, I proudly said, "See the pretty snow?" Never a WORD before then, starting off with full sentences.
      My father swiftly put bars in the window, should I climb back up there again.
      Fortunately, if I had fallen, I'd have had a gentle landing, on nice, soft concrete...
      Since children cannot comprehend the risk, it falls to the parents to understand any risks in the home to their children and take the appropriate steps to limit them to at the least, non-life threatening risks.

      I still remember one woman from South Philly, whose son will never speak, his larynx was gone, courtesy of his drinking drain cleaner. He had other problems, from a fall out the window, landing on an air conditioner, then falling to the concrete.
      He had a few other jackpots he got into.
      All, due to a lack of due care and supervision. Honestly, I wanted to knock her block off!
      When it gets quiet in the room that the kid is in, they're getting in trouble.

      August 22, 2011 at 11:55 | Report abuse |
    • Bob4Apples

      It's stupid PARENTS not children at that age (2)

      August 22, 2011 at 11:58 | Report abuse |
    • Mark TTT

      This "common problem" needs legislation. Perhaps attach a cute child's name to it, and label it "Gracie's Window Law" so those opposed will seem mean and crusty. Perhaps a dedicated month of awareness? Is May taken? "Window danger awareness month." Window manufacturers will increase prices and less people will choose to replace their windows and people will get laid off. I challenge this being a "common problem." 5000 children a year injured? That's it? Get some perspective, we have now have hundreds of millions of people in the US. You can't even get 5000 children to register as a percentage of population on a calculator, too small of a number.

      Liberals are a common problem.

      August 22, 2011 at 12:09 | Report abuse |
    • iamthefredman

      Sue the window maufactureres! Seal up al windows. Make every building solid walls on all sides. Chain children to the floor. Convict parents for letting children get up and walk around. Take money from the rich to pay for the changes in poor people's houses. .....Let's see...what other stupidiy can I think up on this topic????? NYC has strict laws on window guards, why doesn't everybody everywhere do the same??.......It's not rocket science.

      August 22, 2011 at 12:59 | Report abuse |
    • iamthefredman

      @Nursejana – maybe you're not "stupid" but you sure are irresponsible. Q. :How can a 2 years old fall out the window?........A.: NO ONE WAS WATCHING HIM. No excuses, 'I just walked away for a minute', 'he never does this', 'I thought the window was closed'...BS, BS, BS...You were not being responsible and watching your child. All your fault.

      August 22, 2011 at 13:03 | Report abuse |
    • poiuytre

      @ Nursejana: your first mistake was having children to begin with!

      August 22, 2011 at 13:04 | Report abuse |
    • BrassTacks99

      The CDC reports that in 1999, 3385 children ages 0-19 were fatally injured by firearms. The CDC reports that in 1997, 2514 children 0-14 were non-fatally injured by firearms. If those numbers are generally representative of the norm, about 6000 children are fatally or non-fatally injured by firearms per year which is on par with the outrageous window injury epidemic.

      Being a true liberal, I think legislation must be passed banning all windows because they pose a great danger to our society. In the event the evil republicans block this proposed legislation, legislation should be passed requiring all window owners to board up their windows unless they pay a fee to the government and obtain a license for the ownership of such a dangerous window device. Moreover, all window owners must pay for and take a mandatory window safety class prior to being licensed. Every couple of years, window owners must pay another fee to renew their window license. Any violation of the foregoing would subject the window owner to criminal prosecution.

      August 22, 2011 at 13:24 | Report abuse |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      You all missed the point. What we need to do is surgically attached jetpacks with accelerometers to the children, so when they fall, the jetpack turns on and they just fly back up in to the window.

      August 22, 2011 at 13:31 | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I agree and we should start a new governement agency to oversee the work in making this happen. It is the govenments fault that this has been happennig and we must demand any and all regulations needed to make it never happen again. Parents can not be held responsible for something the governement has not told us how to avoid. Any ilegal alien that this happens to should be given full citizenship. They have not broken any law yet have to suffer these kinds of accidents. It could be paid for by tapping into Social Secruity and Military Retiree pay so don't tell me we don't have the money

      August 22, 2011 at 13:40 | Report abuse |
  2. Prometheus

    Invest in an eyebolt, a length of parachute cord and a short section of bungee with a 4" collar of velcro attached to the ankle. Enjoy the breezes.


    August 22, 2011 at 07:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Stef

    Bob...Point well made. Did I read..Window guards are mandatory in apartments where young children live? I'm about as LIberal as it gets and I must say. I agree with Bob! I've raised 4 children and none of them have fallen out a window and I don't have any window locks or guards etc. I live on a farm and I say, let nature take care of itself. An child whose environment is not made safe very likely is being raised my STUPID parents and genetically and environmentally speaking this child has a greater chance of becoming a STUPID child (See comment by Bob). If he/she doesn't fall out of the window in those conditions they could grow up to be the one who___________OH, nevermind, you can fill in the blank.

    August 22, 2011 at 08:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wzrd1

      ALL children are stupid. They have to LEARN. As Bill Cosby said, they're brain damaged.
      In OUR house, we shot a screw into the high windows, preventing them from being opened. Once the kids grew up sufficiently to be trusted NOT to be stupid and climb out, I removed those screws.
      When the kids were upstairs and it got quiet, we knew they were getting into trouble and were were there like a shot. BEFORE they could remove the bricks from the house or something.

      August 22, 2011 at 12:01 | Report abuse |
    • iamthefredman

      @Wzrd1 – screws in the windows is a good idea. Take them out whent he kids learn not to fall out the window.. BUT, put the screws back in when they turn 15 and try to jump out the window to go party in the middle fo the night.! !

      August 22, 2011 at 13:08 | Report abuse |
  4. Wyn

    Should we switch our focus from guns to windows?

    August 22, 2011 at 08:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • FauxNews

      Heavens no, a simply background check on everyone who buys windows should be sufficient....for now.

      August 22, 2011 at 10:37 | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      FauxNews: We will also need the government to create a new department so that we can register all the existing windows that a child could fit through.. We cant have any of those falling through the cracks.

      August 22, 2011 at 11:21 | Report abuse |
  5. DetroitFrank

    Stupid article, demanding more government regulation. Brick all windows-up, or stop having children and enjoy life.

    August 22, 2011 at 08:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Darth Cheney

      No such demand is made in the article. Do you know how to read?

      August 22, 2011 at 08:38 | Report abuse |
    • DetroitFrank

      DarthCheney, when the article says; "programs were implemented there to combat the problem" that is the next step from government regulation.

      August 22, 2011 at 09:45 | Report abuse |
    • kirstyloo

      Again, I will also ask if you read the article. The article simply states that a couple cities required locks in rental apartments. It didn't state that they were suggesting that you would be required to add them to your house. Grow up and READ. Don't add facts. This is just an informational article for parents. If you choose to click here and read it, it's your minute wasted.

      I'm glad that your child(ren) survived childhood. I certainly hope that the children of your friend's and family do.

      PS. Many leases prevent the addition of hardware to rentals. They do this so that the landlord has some control over what is added (e.g., extra locks, items that would damage windows/walls/tile). Evidently this was a problem in these cities.

      August 22, 2011 at 11:37 | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Wow! So, the article reminds parents of a risk to their children and that equates a government agency ordaining secure windows?
      I guess that story about the 787 is really about the government wanting to ordain comfort or something, huh?
      Here is a hint: The United States of America, of which Detroit seems to no longer be a part of, does NOT have a government controlled media. Instead, we have freedom of the press and said press advises the public on the results of a study on preventable deaths and injuries in our children.
      But, some seem to think that dead babies are good babies.

      August 22, 2011 at 12:05 | Report abuse |
  6. Jimmy

    Hey nursejana they make these things called window guards specifically to protect children and have made them for years so yeah you are kinda stupid

    August 22, 2011 at 08:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • icrabbidppl

      no, she isn't stupid. and you're just being a jerk with 20/20 hindsight. nice position to be in, but it makes your commentary irrelevant. i am very glad that her child didn't die or become paralyzed. and while i myself intend to put window guards in my home, i am sure the kid will think up a hundred other ways to try to hurt herself while i look away for that split second. most people on this thread are being arrogant, flippant, jackholes about a topic that is very important to shout in people's ears for awareness, and has traumatically touched too many lives of parents that looked away for a moment, or thought of all the other locks and maybe never had that window open before but this time and...they've lost their child for that. there is nothing in that that is funny. nor do these people need your scorn and sarcasm. there's also nothing nanny-state about requiring guards on windows in apt where children live in these cities. people who live in apts with children may not be able to afford all of that. if they have to choose between window guards and food, and cooling the place b/c there's no AC, they probably figure they'll just watch the kid. problem is, toddlers are their quietest when they're doing something you probably don't want them to. you could be in the same room and look away for a second and live to regret it.

      August 22, 2011 at 09:46 | Report abuse |
    • kirstyloo

      Jimmy...you're just mean.

      This article was written to INFORM parents about the availablity of these locks. I'd also like to point out the significant risk of injury to young children from large bookcases, grandfather clocks, etc.falling on them. Children like to climb...and you can't have your eyes on child 24/7. While you might know about these items, they are much harder to buy. Furnature straps aren't sold in stores in our area (Home Depot or Lowes). In fact, on the internet they are called earthquake straps.

      August 22, 2011 at 11:42 | Report abuse |
    • iamthefredman

      @icrappedinthepool and kristyloo – Both of you sound so dumb I pray you won't have more k ids. The kids deserve a better parent. You do NOT "Look away for just a moment". That's when tragedy strikes. And it will be YOUR FAULT. Window gaurd have beena round ince the 1930s. Everybody knows about them. Window are made with locks. Windows have catches on them to prevent the window from opening more than about 2 inches. If your windows are so old they don't look like the ones I describe, get new windows or buy the window guards. They are cheap. NYC requires them on all windows where any child under age 10 may live OR VISIT. Also, why don't you have a playpen and baby gates to keep the kids in sight?

      August 22, 2011 at 13:54 | Report abuse |
  7. Jimmy

    Stef: Your an idiot too

    August 22, 2011 at 08:22 | Report abuse | Reply
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      August 22, 2011 at 10:11 | Report abuse |
  8. AGuest9

    Eric Clapton's son Conor comes immediately to mind. Fortunately, I never knew anyone personally who lost a child this way.

    August 22, 2011 at 08:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. AGeek

    According to the US Census Bureau (ref: http://www.census.gov/popest/national/asrh/NC-EST2009-sa.html ), there are a little over 21,000,000 children in the US under 5 years old. 5,000 kids/year is in the ballpark of 0.02%. While I empathize with the parents of those 5,000 kids/year .. can we PLEASE stop focusing on the little sh-t until we have the bigger sh-t sorted out? We've got a completely dysfunctional government, a $14T deficit, and 10% unemployment .. just for starters!

    August 22, 2011 at 08:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Darth Cheney

      Focusing? We're talking about one measly article in CNN – no calls for big government here. Why are so many of the posters here so angry about this article? It's a completely innocuous article offering recommendations for parents of small children.

      August 22, 2011 at 08:41 | Report abuse |
    • AGeek

      Give me a break. We've both seen this crap too many times. Somebody brings it up ..next thing you know it's the focus of a Congressional Study. Then our representatives are taking time, drafting inane bills .. which then get unrelated riders ..stuff 'em with earmarks for some company that makes these window guards – because it'll add TWO WHOLE JOBS! – and then everyone needs to deal with it.

      F–k that. It's happened hundreds of times before and it'll happen hundreds of more times – much to everyone's dismay.

      August 22, 2011 at 09:07 | Report abuse |
    • kirstyloo

      Ageek – you've got far too much time on your hands. This article wasn't about congress or the debt. It was about informing people...and protecting children through education...not governmental programs. You're not helping here...so you can go and deal with the important stuff you need to.

      August 22, 2011 at 11:45 | Report abuse |
  10. Curmodgeon

    Falls from windows account for an average of 10 deaths per year. Several hundred children are abused to death annually by their cretin parents. More hundreds die each year because their idiot parents can't or won't invest in a car seat. Others drown because the notion of a pool cover or lockable fence is beyond the comprehension of their moronic parents.

    I would hazard that most 'accidental' children's deaths (those not caused by illness) are caused because the useless lumps of flesh that brought them into the world are incompetent, self-centered oafs, often not much more than children themselves.

    August 22, 2011 at 08:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • selection

      I wholeheartedly agree. Children only have their parent(s) in this world to protect and teach them. When those parents are inept for any number of reasons, nature discontinues the model. Parents: think ahead and be vigilant. Accidents do happen. You are not guaranteed a healthy, happy life and neither is your child. Enjoy every day and make the best of it.

      August 22, 2011 at 13:12 | Report abuse |
  11. eddie2010

    Ban windows! Better yet, ban children!

    August 22, 2011 at 08:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. news

    What happens to parents of kids that fall out of windows? Should be a new "child falling out of window law" 15,000 pages explaining reason why kids falling out of windows is bad. Also, as a deterent to parents of a kid, that falls out of a window- is automatically guilty of throwing them out intentionally- by caveat 50 years mandated, Also, of course if a kid is found perish in a hot apartment, the parent is automatically accuse of intentional suffocation, (as a deternet of course), only 40 year for that. If you disagree, then it means you don't care about kids.

    August 22, 2011 at 08:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Darth Cheney

    This comment is 100% racist

    August 22, 2011 at 08:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SSG Jughead

      how so?

      August 22, 2011 at 13:00 | Report abuse |
    • AceRyder

      Which comment, DCheney?

      August 22, 2011 at 14:32 | Report abuse |
    • sideofbacon

      this comment is 100% prejudice to your 100% racist comment.

      August 22, 2011 at 15:33 | Report abuse |
  14. c

    More kids are hurt by window accidents than terrorist attacks, yet we spend billions every year on the military industrial complex and foreign invasions...makes sense.....anyone ever think perhaps they took advantage of 9/11 or I dare say, caused 9/11 to happen wage wars forever and ever? When more Americans, these being kids are endangered by windows? Go to:
    builidingwhat .org to learn the truth about 9/11....and keep the windows closed when you have little ones walking around.

    August 22, 2011 at 08:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • conspiracy-not

      I think you missed your anti-psychotic pill for the last several weeks. Please resume and when you re-read your post, we will understand your embarrassment.

      August 22, 2011 at 13:14 | Report abuse |
  15. Heather

    Out of the millions of kids in the country, most of whom spend the vast majority of their days indoors exposed to windows the entire day, 14 are hurt. On the other hand, we have the very strong links being made that living cooped up with the windows shut and breathing conditioned air is causing asthma. I present some statistics from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America that I just found online and hope they don't mind that I cut and pasted this.

    Every day in America:

    40,000 people miss school or work due to asthma.
    30,000 people have an asthma attack.
    5,000 people visit the emergency room due to asthma.
    1,000 people are admitted to the hospital due to asthma.
    11 people die from asthma.

    Yeah. You can't protect your child from everything, but if you ask me, the asthma is a massively bigger problem than the window falls and I'll take my chances there.

    August 22, 2011 at 08:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jimmy

      Your an idiot. Window guards have been around for years so you can have your windows open AND protect your kids. What a bunch of morons on this board.

      August 22, 2011 at 09:09 | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      Jimmy, two little pieces of advise.

      1) Posing another point of view does not nullify common sense.

      2) Calling another person a name immediately nullifies any arguments you might attempt to present in a calm, logical debate.

      August 22, 2011 at 09:30 | Report abuse |
    • buccakenji

      Thank you Heather. You point out the Jimmy is a moron.

      Take this to heart: the difference between genius and stupidity – genius has its limits. I think we agree which group Jimmy falls in.

      August 22, 2011 at 10:10 | Report abuse |
    • kirstyloo

      Heather – I agree...as someone who has done asthma research for over a decade. That being said, there are billions of dollars going into both research and education regarding asthma. There are also billions of dollars being spent treating children and adults with asthma.

      I do think that it is entirely appropriate to have an educational article written about other risks that PARENTS can try to address through moving furnature, using window locks, and simply recognizing the threat. Ideally, we should try to protect all children.

      August 22, 2011 at 11:53 | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      By no means am I suggesting that people living on the second story or above should not have safety features in place to make sure kids don't fall out of windows. Quite the opposite. I was hoping though, to point out that we shouldn't swing clear to the opposite side where fear that a child could fall out would lead to other problems like windows always shut leading to breathing problems or barred so that they can't be used as an escape in an emergency. Sometimes when people read studies like this, they over react and instead of thinking through the big picture, only focus on the tiny piece of information they have been given.

      August 22, 2011 at 12:20 | Report abuse |
  16. Chris

    When I was about 6, I was jumping up and down on mom and dad's bed. A little interference from my siblings, and the next thing I know, I went out a CLOSED window and landed in the yard. All I got was a 1-inch scar.

    August 22, 2011 at 08:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • iamthefredman

      You can't fix stupid ! The scar is there to remind you every day.

      August 22, 2011 at 13:57 | Report abuse |
  17. Todd

    Gravity doesn't kill people windows do. Next up, making stairs safer and reducing the heat on cooking appliances to non-burning levels.

    August 22, 2011 at 09:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DetroitFrank

      Windows kill people like a knife and fork made Oprah fat.

      August 22, 2011 at 09:48 | Report abuse |
    • kirstyloo

      Todd-I guess that you don't realize that there are codes that do make stairs safer. Does your stairway have certain sized tread boards, do you have a handrail, does the stair have a certain pitch? If you have an industrial length stair, is there a landing? Golly, codes to make stairs safer.

      August 22, 2011 at 11:56 | Report abuse |
    • iamthefredman

      Kristy is retarded. I have been reading her posts on this board, and I firmly believe she takes the short bus and wears a helmet.

      August 22, 2011 at 13:58 | Report abuse |
  18. Jean

    If death or injury of a child can be prevented by a simple change such as window guards, why not do it? Our windows have little stoppers that prevent the window from being opened more than 4". And for all those of you spouting off about "natural selection," just wait until tragedy strikes you or your family. I doubt you'll be so quick-tongued then. I know a toddler who died from a window fall, and I can assure you that her parents were not stupid (as one poster claimed). Some of the comments here are extremely ignorant and cruel to anyone who has ever been through a tragedy such as this. Have a little compassion.

    August 22, 2011 at 09:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. wayne

    Once OSHA gets wind of this all window manufacturing will be shipped off shore.

    August 22, 2011 at 09:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. palustris

    "The authors also note that the landing surface made a difference. The patients who ended up on a cushioned surface often fared better than those who ended up on a hard surface."
    Duh...ya think?

    August 22, 2011 at 09:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Sarmistha Goswami

    While living in Canada, I was witness to a very sad incident. A 6 year old boy fell from 7th floor window and died, while his mother was away at work. He was accompanied by an older brother and one smaller child. His father was away in Jamaica. The windows and in some cases the balconies need to by guarded by grills. We use grills or guards in India. Whys cant this be done in North America?

    August 22, 2011 at 09:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • buccakenji

      The problem is NOT window grills. The problem is stupid parenting. The people to refer to should be prosecuted for child endangerment for leaving them alone. People like YOU use these type of incidents to promote ridiculous government regulations and interference. I would prefer you keep your comments to yourself.

      August 22, 2011 at 10:08 | Report abuse |
    • cheese

      And yet thousands more kids die from dysentery, cholera and other water-borne diseases in India every year.

      Clean water is a basic right, but demanding that grilles be mandatory on windows of tens of millions of American homes is just silly. How would you implement it?

      If parents were responsible enough, they could decide for themselves if a particular window in their place of residence posed a threat to their children and act accordingly by sealing it off, putting up grilles, whatever. There is no need for nanny-state regulations demanding mandatory window grilles. That's really just silly.

      August 22, 2011 at 10:33 | Report abuse |
    • James

      /i saw this news story about monkeys running wild in a city in India....the bars are not to keep the children in, but the monkey's out. In North America we keep our monkey's in the zoo and the home of the occasional pop star.

      August 22, 2011 at 12:21 | Report abuse |
  22. buccakenji

    Where are our legislators ? Why haven't laws been passed to ban windows ? This is a travesty. These things are dangerous and they are accessible to anyone with any kind of background check. Why isn't anyone doing something????

    August 22, 2011 at 10:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Name*m


    August 22, 2011 at 10:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Name*m

    stop having kids

    August 22, 2011 at 10:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. cheese

    Uh, 5,000 kids hurt a year in a nation of 310,000,000 people?

    God help us.

    August 22, 2011 at 10:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. bill

    That's 5000 more kids than get hurt due to responsible adults choosing to use marijuana. Yes, ban windows, go back to greased paper. Back then plants were not deemed a menace but a staple. Stupid is as stupid does and I'm talking about the leaders not the kids.

    August 22, 2011 at 10:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. John

    Not once was the word defenestration used in this article. Dissapointing to say the least seein as there are so few chances to use it.

    August 22, 2011 at 11:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Yup

      *laugh* I agree!

      August 22, 2011 at 11:57 | Report abuse |
  28. Da Yooper

    Clearly all windows should be banned!! With these new efficient CFL light bulbs, we can have plenty of cheap light so we really don't need windows – do we?!?! Bicycles for kids should also be banned, as I'm sure there are way more than 5,000 injuries per year from riding them. Now putting the sarcasm aside, my reaction to this article is SO WHAT!!!

    August 22, 2011 at 11:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. GhettoSlap

    "Theyre climbing out your windows, hide ya kids, hide ya kids!"

    August 22, 2011 at 11:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. henfer

    Windows don't kill people, people kill people.

    August 22, 2011 at 11:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Greg Lock

    Archie Bunker on gun control and accidental deaths said " would it make you feel any better if they all died by falling out of windows"? Well apparently not. Anyway I'm keeping the windows shut and my guns. Wait I shot myself, now yelling for help, but no one can hear me because the window is shut. Wait, I can shoot the window out, ahh man I hit someone, wait, when the parametic shows up I can shoot at him to get his attention. Yep playing the waiting game.

    August 22, 2011 at 11:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. KWS

    5000 a year "hurt", but how many are really bad, and out of how many million kids? What are the relative statistics for auto accident, drowning, poisoning, etc.?

    Tragedies happen, and they are awful, but is this news? Can you really prevent some microscopic percentage of adventurous children from finding a way to kill themselves? You can always call anyting "preventable", except maybe tornados, earthquakes and meteors, but kids, fate and God will find a way when the time comes.

    August 22, 2011 at 12:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. James

    Some body save the children.....think about the children.......

    August 22, 2011 at 12:18 | Report abuse | Reply
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  34. Truth Merc

    I think Window Manufacturers should be forced to put images of victims on the sidewalk just like the tobacco companies have to warn of potential death from using their product.

    August 22, 2011 at 12:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. helpusobama

    That's it. We need the nanny government to ban all windows. To save us from our own ignorance.

    August 22, 2011 at 12:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Tony

    "The authors also note that the landing surface made a difference. The patients who ended up on a cushioned surface often fared better than those who ended up on a hard surface."


    August 22, 2011 at 12:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. guest

    When we were in graduate school 20+ years ago, our apartment had window sills at about a 9 inch level from the floor. Our 2-year old went into our room to look out to the parking lot to see if I had pulled in. Her dad was with her. He turned around to leave, saying "let's go finish the dishes" and heard a "whoosh" and she was gone. She had a gash in the side of her head and a non-displaced skull fracture, but recovered with no problems, thank God. The landlord immediately put 1x2s on every window in the apartments with children until he could get enough window guards. Point being: kids do unexpected things. You turn to leave a room, thinking they're right behind you and in a second, something bad can happen. And the fact that it does doesn't make you a bad parent or an idiot.

    August 22, 2011 at 12:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Truth Merc

      Ummm – That DOES make you a dangerous parent. If there is any opening that I deemed my child could fit through, you can guarantee that I will not wait for the apartment superintendant to fix it.

      August 22, 2011 at 12:34 | Report abuse |
    • foresight

      Accidents most definitely do happen but as the parent, it's your job to look around and anticipate potential problems and try to prevent them. Open window at 9" + 2 year old in room = high potential for kid-out-window. How did you not see that? You can't prevent every accident but some things are easily preventable including falls out of a window, burns at the stove, being mauled by the family pit bull and most definitely, drowning. Be pro-active or just accept whatever happens. BTW, the women I saw who chose to pop out >= 1 kid during graduate school (when you are LEAST equipped to raise a child from every standpoint) tended to make the most mistakes. They were very young, inexperienced, desperately poor, chronically exhausted by doing half-azzed parenting AND graduate work and they got zero support from their employer for daycare and such. Not a good choice at all but hey, it isn't about the kid, it's about what YOU want.

      August 22, 2011 at 13:40 | Report abuse |
    • guest


      August 23, 2011 at 23:07 | Report abuse |
    • guest

      I wrote a long response previously, but perhaps it is caught in review by the moderator. Stuff happens. You're crazy if you think you can control everything in your child's environment. Was my child's school "dangerous" because she fell on the playground and broke her arm playing basketball? Get a grip. FYI – that child who fell out the window is now grown, happy, healthy, balanced and brilliant. Full academic scholarship to college, now in grad school, lettered in a varsity sport as a freshman in high school. So go be a helicopter parent, yell at professors when they don't get all A's in college and accompany them to their first professional job interview. I am sure they'll appreciate your attentiveness.

      August 23, 2011 at 23:17 | Report abuse |
  38. Unregulated Windows!!

    Oh dear – here come the liberal demands for a government-run Department of Window Safety and Management.

    August 22, 2011 at 12:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. bobcat2u

    Here's an idea that obviously no one thought of !!! CLOSE THE DAMN WINDOW, or at the very least, tend to your chidren. Real rocket science here.

    August 22, 2011 at 12:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. SSG Jughead

    We need to address the mushrooming number of accidents, it's not possible for osha, epa, friends and family to prevent them all. I think we should consider amputation and lumbodomy for all newborn's. If we take this step, we will achieve a state of a total, accident free world. Now what do we do about of these birds hanging out on power lines?

    August 22, 2011 at 12:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Close those loopholes!

    Well, maybe Obama can blame the bad economy on bad windows. Start a works program to replace all Windows in the land...

    August 22, 2011 at 12:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. iamthefredman

    Windows is bad for childrens health? Sue Bill Gates and Microsoft !!!!

    August 22, 2011 at 13:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Mike Linski

    What can anyone say but whoooooooops.
    Watch your kids because YOUR the only one who cares about 1 of the 5,000 kids out of 300 MILLION Americans.
    What is that .000001% or something? I don't care, sorry...but you as a parent should.

    I care about MY kids as also I care about MY house and and feeding MY family as I drive down the street and see some idiot with a sign.

    Thanks for the Statistics CNN but they are completely worthless unless some dirty lawyer has the idea to drag a window manufacture into litigation for a totally bogus lawsuit and will win because that's America. Land of Greed and Lawsuit's.

    August 22, 2011 at 13:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. ProperVillain

    Really America? We need an article to tell us to keep small children away from open windows and make sure they are secured with a child proof lock? This country has become 100% idiot.

    August 22, 2011 at 13:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. logikflux

    Use window locks, or put a screw or two through the window tract so it only opens a few inches. Don't put furniture in a place where children can easily access a window. Seriously, it doesn't take that much effort to protect your child. Use some damn commen sense.

    August 22, 2011 at 13:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. jerseygirl

    The most educational part of the study was the revelation that falling on a hard surface produces more injuries than falling on softer materials like flower beds, etc. What a scientific breakthrough!

    August 22, 2011 at 13:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. jake

    just as i suspected, far more kids are killed falling from windows than handguns. but every time a child gets killed accidently by a gun, the gun control people run amok like chickens with their heads cut off screaming for more gun laws. why is their no rush for childproof window locks or maybe a complete ban on windows? BECAUSE WINDOWS DON'T THREATEN A GOVERNMENT OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE PEOPLE.

    August 22, 2011 at 13:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Jack Be Humble

    I really think this article is aimed toward raising awareness. If one parent reads this story, looks over and sees a window propped open because of the heat (that is accessible by their toddler), and then secures the window, that could be one less dead kid from falling out a window.

    August 22, 2011 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. PhdxinxDuh

    Wow CNN, I have seen many dumb and outright stupid articles, BUT THIS IS THE DUMBEST THING YOU COULD POSSIBLY POST!

    ( Next to Kim Kardashains wedding)

    August 22, 2011 at 13:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. BrassTacks99

    The CDC reports that in 1999, 3385 children ages 0-19 were fatally injured by firearms. The CDC reports that in 1997, 2514 children 0-14 were non-fatally injured by firearms. If those numbers are generally representative of the norm, about 6000 children are fatally or non-fatally injured by firearms per year which is on par with the outrageous window injury epidemic.

    Being a true liberal, I think legislation must be passed banning all windows because they pose a great danger to our society. In the event the evil republicans block this proposed legislation, legislation should be passed requiring all window owners to board up their windows unless they pay a fee to the government and obtain a license for the ownership of such a dangerous window device. Moreover, all window owners must pay for and take a mandatory window safety class prior to being licensed. Every couple of years, window owners must pay another fee to renew their window license. Any violation of the foregoing would subject the window owner to criminal prosecution.

    August 22, 2011 at 13:28 | Report abuse | Reply
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