Family Continues to Push for Hannah's Law

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By Katie Stinson

DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iowa family continues to push for strict new requirements for window screens following the death of their daughter.

Shanda and Jamie Geneser lost their daughter Hannah, 4, two years ago when she fell out a window.

The Genesers told their story again to lawmakers on Monday and asked for their backing of a new law that would change safety requirements for window screens in new and remodeled residential buildings.

The couple said the new safety requirements help prevent accidents like the one that killed their daughter.

Screens required in most buildings in Iowa can hold up to about 13 pounds before they collapse, but the new requirements in the SF 381 bill would increase those requirements.

Installation costs would be higher for the new screens, but would save on maintenance costs.

The Genesers said parents should never assume their windows are safe and hopes their efforts help save other children.

"Hannah's accident was in a home that was as safe as ours in one of her favorite places that she ever played in. It was a family home. Just take extra precautions and secure your upstairs playrooms, your upstairs bedrooms. Trust me, you don't want to go through what my wife and I go through," said Jamie Geneser, Hannah's father.

The bill was passed through the House Judiciary subcommittee with a 2-1 vote Monday morning and now moves to the full House Judiciary committee for consideration.

The Genesers said they are relieved that bill continue to make progress.

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