Children Deserve Safe Windows sign now

We, the people of the United States, demand that our lawmakers take a stand to protect our children from death and injury due to accidental falls through windows.

The Oregon Health and Safety University (OSHU) website at http://www.ohsu.edu/trauma/injuryprevention/window/ states that:

Accidents are the LEADING CAUSE of death in children between ages 1 and 15. FOUR PERCENT of these deaths are due to falls.
ONE HALF of all injuries sustained by children are due to unintentional falls.
In the United States 4,700 children are injured by falls from windows every year.
In 2001, 25 Portland-area children were treated at OHSU after falling from windows.
Nearly all falls from windows occur in the child's HOME.
Most falls from windows happen during the SUMMER MONTHS.
Most children fell from a window with SCREENS in place.
About HALF of falls occur when children are climbing on FURNITURE near windows.
Falling from even the FIRST FLOOR can kill a child.
According to Preventinjury.org on their website http://www.preventinjury.org/PDFs/FALLS.pdf each year, approximately 18 children ages 10 and under die from window fall-related injuries.

And the Riley Childrens Hospital estimates that 5,000 children are injured every year falling from windows.

These numbers are extremely unacceptable and do not represent any one socio-economic group. Children from all types of economic backgrounds are at risk. Even legendary musician Eric Clapton lost a child when his son fell from his apartment window.

Home is a place where a child should feel free to be a child and to do it safely. Unfortunately, the honest truth is that the majority of apartment buildings in this country do not have safety bars on their windows.

As a result, we demand that our lawmakers enact a federal law that requires those who own apartment building to install safety bars on every window from the first floor to the top floor. There should be no loop holes, no grandfather clauses that allow certain types of apartment building to be excluded. Every apartment building in this country, no matter when it was built or how many floors it might have, should be required to comply.

It is the least we can do to help ensure our childrens safety while playing in their own homes.

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