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CHILDREN AND FALLS
  Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal unintentional injury for all children ages 14 years and under.
  Infants are at risk from falls associated with furniture, stairs and baby walkers.
  Windows and playground equipment are major risk factors for toddlers and older children.

Proven Interventions
  Window screens are not enough. Window guards should be installed on upper floors, making sure theyre designed to open quickly from the inside in case of fire.
  Protective surfacing under and around playground equipment can reduce the severity of fall-related injuries.
  The use of safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs reduces a young childs chances of falling.

Laws and Regulations
  The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has established voluntary safety standards for window guards, which ensure that those guards designed for single-family homes or the lower floors of apartment buildings have simple emergency-release mechanisms for use in the event of a fire.
  Playground equipment guidelines have been developed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and ASTM.
  All baby walkers must meet ASTM voluntary and mandatory standards, which require that baby walkers either be too wide to fit through a standard doorway or have features, such as a gripping mechanism, to stop the walker at the edge of a step.


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