Iowa girl at heart of Window Safety Week

(DES MOINES, Iowa)   Seven years ago Hannah Genezer fell from a third story window, and died at Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines.  

The four-year-old's death prompted a number of efforts to prevent similar tragedies.  The Genezer family established a foundation in Hannah's name, and worked to pass Hannah's Law in Iowa.

Jana Day of Safe Kids-Greater Des Moines, at Blank Children's Hospital says those efforts continue this week.  April 3-9 is designated "Window Safety Awareness Week."

Day's reminding parents that window screens are not reliable barriers, to prevent a fall.  She also recommends parents and caregivers keep chairs, beds, and toy boxes, away from windows, to prevent toddlers from climbing close to a window.

Safe Kids-Greater Des Moines is offering additional suggestions:

*Make sure all windows are closed and locked when children are present, and window cords are secured to prevent possible cord strangulation.

*For a double-hung window on an upper floor of the home, open the top sash nearest the ceiling for ventilation while keeping the bottom sash closed.

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