A story I read recently by Patty Hastings for The Bulletin entitled, “Sons Fall has Parents Talking Window Safety,” would bring most parents to tears. The last thing Becca Keene Cunningham expected six days short of her son Thomas’ 4th birthday was a fall from a second story window that fractured his skull and left part of his brain damaged.
The Cunninghams did everything possible to protect their three children, but forgot to install window guards. That is a guilt they will live with for the rest of their lives, but they aren’t alone. Many parents around the country don’t use these potentially life saving devices either. How many of us think “oh, that can’t happen to my child; I watch them constantly.” The fact is you can’t watch your children every single minute of every single day. You would have to be perfect super parents, and I’m sorry, but none of us are, or ever will be for that matter.
Children are inquisitive and it only takes a second for tragedy to strike. If it’s preventable by installing a simple window guard then why take that chance. You can’t get back your child once they are gone and they can be gone in an instant. It may not happen to your child, but then again it might. Do you want to be a statistic?