Local mom writes window safety book for children after son falls from window

Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel urges the community to observe National Window Safety Week, April 6-12, 2014, with book reading at Safety Center

[Portland, Oregon] — In 2010, Becca and Jason Keen Cunningham and their family learned firsthand the importance of window safety when their 3-year-old son Thomas fell out of his second-floor bedroom window, experiencing a traumatic brain injury.

Becca wrote a children's book with vibrant illustrations to help parents and children learn about window safety. “If Kids Could Float: A Window Fall Prevention Story” by Becca Keen Cunningham and illustrated by Charlie Donkin is written from the perspective of Zane, Thomas’s twin brother, and focuses on what could have been in the backyard to prevent Thomas from getting hurt. By the end of the book, Zane knows that his parents know how to keep him safe. The following is an excerpt from the book:

“My name is Zane and I’m 6 years old. When I was 3 years old, my twin brother fell out of our bedroom window. He was pushing against the screen and fell and his hurt his head badly. The ambulance came and he went to the hospital for a VERY long time…I wish he never got hurt and I don’t want it to happen to you.”

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Becca Keen Cunningham will read her book to a group of children at Randall Children’s Hospital’s Safety Center. Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters and Randall Children’s Hospital’s window safety expert will explain how to keep kids safe around windows.

Free books for community members:

The first 100 families to visit the Randall Children’s Hospital’s Safety Center get a free book during Window Safety Week, April 6-12, 2014. The book is also available from select book stores, Becca Keen Cunningham and as an e-book. Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel has sponsored a portion of the publishing of the book to help educate families about the importance of window safety.

In the United States, over 3,300 children, ages six years old and younger, are injured from falling from windows every year —32 children in Oregon are admitted to the trauma system from falling from windows annually. Randall Children’s Hospital’s Safety Center is one of the only retail outlets in Oregon and southwest Washington that provides below retail cost window guards and stops, one-on-one education and hands-on practice for window safety.

Additional community window safety resources:

• Find out which of your windows may pose a fall risk: www.legacyhealth.org/windowsafety
• Share the STOP at 4” Campaign website: www.stopat4.com. STOP at 4”: The Campaign to STOP Window Falls strives to reduce the number of children who fall from windows by challenging communities and families to install window stops and guards and to educate families about window fall prevention.

Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel is one of Oregon’s largest providers of pediatric inpatient and trauma services and opened its new home in February 2012. Randall Children's Hospital has a medical staff of more than 600 physicians, including pediatric medical and surgical specialists, sub-specialists, hospitalists and community pediatricians. Randall Children's Hospital receives over 100,000 patient visits per year. The Children's Emergency Department is Oregon's busiest, with more than 20,000 visits annually.

Contact: Maegan Vidal