Window safety: What parents and guardians need to know
(WBFF) – A simple day at the park is special for Beckett Curry.
"I'm just happy to see her being so healthy and strong because, really, we were really lucky," her mother, Jennifer Curry says.
Almost two years ago, the day after Beckett’s fourth birthday, neighbors watched in horror as the little girl fell from her second story bedroom window.
"I went and answered the door, and it was our neighbor, who had Beckett cradled in her arms. Beckett had a mouthful of dirt and had clearly scratched herself up," her dad, Andrew Curry, recalls. "And I didn't know what had happened. I don't even remember if she was crying."
Beckett suffered a concussion and a fractured wrist and was cleared to go home, after a series of tests.
"We really lucked out,” said Jennifer. “It's really miraculous to me that she wasn't more seriously hurt.”
According to safety advocate, “Safe Kids Worldwide,” approximately 3,300 kids under the age of six will fall out of a window in America this year.
Beckett’s parents think that’s a statistic more people should know.
"Take the steps before you need to, because the worst case scenario is the last thing you want to deal with," said Andrew.
When it comes to window safety, experts say just remember the number four: Your window shouldn't open any more than four inches
"On a single hung window or a sliding window, you can install window stops," says Jan Berichon, who runs the Randall Children's Hospital Safety Center.
A parent can easily bypass the stops in an emergency. Same with a window guard -- an adult could pop it out in seconds.
Though casement windows, which can crank wide open, are trickier, consumers installing new ones can ask the manufacturer to build the opening control right in. For older windows, invest in window guards.
Berichon says to remember that your child is curious, so avoid "letting children watch how you install the product, or how you remove the product."