(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.