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Lansing business partners with safety experts to produce child-safe window screens

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The death of an eastern Iowa child has turned into a reminder of how quickly accidents can happen. 

Carter McOmber, 3, of Cedar Falls accidentally fell 20 feet out of his bedroom window.

The Executive Director of the National Association for Child Window Safety Jim Graham said it's not uncommon. 

In fact, he said about 5,000 kids die every year after falling from a window.

That's why Graham reached out to Lansing Housing Products to come up with a solution.

Together, along with other experts in the field, they designed a window screen with the purpose of not only keeping insects out of the home, but preventing children from falling out.

Brian Houlihan, president of Lansing Housing Products, helped create the Tough Tek Metal Screen, designed to withstand 25 pounds of force.

"The common homeowner has no idea this product exists," said Houlihan.

Houlihan has talked with families who have lost a child from a window fall.

"Once you sit down and talk to people who have lost their child, it touches you and makes you want to do something," he said.

Houlihan said his company sells thousands of the window screens across the country.

According to Houlihan, the custom-built screens cost approximately 10 dollars more than the cost of a standard screen replacement.

Child safety experts said window bars, nets and window stops are all good safety options in theory, but the problem with those is they can easily be removed which is why Graham said he recommends the metal screen produced in Lansing.

The screens can be ordered directly or at lumberyards.

Lansing Housing Products is also a vendor at Home Depot.

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