In 2010, 4,700 children required hospitalization for window fall related injuries. 18 of those children died. Most were boys. All were under the age of 10.
Technology exists that can make these falls preventable.
Building codes, window and hardware manufactures as well as politics are blocking the pathway to instituting these devices.
Children In Freefall is dedicated to developing these life-saving technologies and making them a reality.
The name "Children In Freefall" was not chosen because kids are falling from windows...
It was chosen because kids are falling from windows... And no one is giving them parachutes.
Products and devices having the capability to prevent these terrible falls have existed for many years. Even though the technology behind them is well understood, they're not being manufactured or sold anywhere. The window and door industry is more inclined to pass the responsibility on and suggest unrealistic methods for these tragedies (visit www.stopat4.com for a list of the window and door industry's suggestions and a good overview of the problem).
Children In Freefall is dedicated to educating the public about technologies available for windows that may reduce the horrendous numbers of children falling out of buildings. Hopefully, the ideas published here will become reality when people attempt to order products with these life-saving devices installed. Only until the demand is heard, will manufacturers begin to offer products with this valuable technology.
How can demand be heard? It will require people, thousands of them, requesting products with devices like these installed. When people begin to visit their hardware and building supply stores with the intent of ordering or inquiring about child safety devices, manufacturers will begin to hear them and consider offering them.
It might be fun, walking into a large home improvement store and ordering such an intuitively logical feature, knowing full well the confused looks as employees attempt to locate a manufacturer for the device being requested. Eventually, they'll call their suppliers who will call their manufacturers, and soon, with enough people asking, they devices will magically begin to appear... And the number of children falling out of windows will begin to go down.
The First Free Life-Saving Device
Bruce F. Kinsey has developed a series of patented devices designed to prevent injury due to window accidents. His devices also have the potential to prevent toddlers from crawling through an open window, without blocking ventilation or fire egress. Things bars, limiters and locks can't do. Our task is only beginning. More products need to be developed for the safety and security of those of us, who are the least able to defend themselves, the world over.
Please visit the websites listed here and download our iPhone app. Then, do children a favor and pass it around. You could be the person who saves a child's life because you did one little favor.
As of March 1st 2012, patents have been recalled and royalty restrictions on Mr. Kinsey's devices have been removed. Anyone wishing to build, manufacture, market or give them away is free to do so, legally and without contract.
• Download our app
• Pass it on
• Visit your local building suppliers and ask for
"the device that prevents kids from falling out
When they attempt to sell you bars or 4" sash limiters, tell them you've seen this picture:
PLEASE RETURN OFTEN TO CHECK FOR UPDATES, VIDEOS, INSTRUCTIONS AND LINKS ON HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SAFETY DEVICES. WITH YOUR HELP, MANUFACTURERS WILL EVENTUALLY JOIN OUR CAUSE AND OFFER THESE DEVICES ON THEIR PRODUCTS.