As a parent or caregiver, you can play a major role in preventing serious falls.
Supervision is key. Supervise young children at all times, especially around fall hazards. A serious fall can happen in a split second. If you need to step away from your child for a short time, put him or her in a safe place, like a crib or playpen.
Because more than 80% of fall-related injuries happen at home, it is important to keep your home safe for children. Some of the most common types of falls include falls from beds, cribs, stairs, highchairs, and windows. Follow these tips to protect your child from serious falls:
Falls from windows tend to be the most severe and/or fatal. According to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, every year, over 3,000 children are injured and about 8 die after falling out of open windows. Since 2008 in Rhode Island, 12 children have been injured falling out of windows with one fatality.
Please remember that no safety device can take the place of your watchful eye. Supervise young children at all times, whether you're at home or out to play. Supervision is the best way to keep them safe.