Boring Fire District
Window Fall Safety Tips to Protect Your Child
In the spring, with the arrival of warmer weather, many homeowners begin to open windows for ventilation. However, open windows can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised. While the number of falls from windows is generally small compared with other recorded child injuries, a fall from a window can result in serious injury or even death. With a few simple safety tips and precautions you can prevent falls from happening.
- Only allow windows to open 4 inches. Install a window stop to keep
children from opening them further. Be sure an adult can open the
window in an emergency.
- If you open windows wider than 4 inches, install window guards with an
emergency release device.
- Remember, windows also serve as a secondary means of escape during
an emergency. Make sure windows are still accessible and can open fully without special knowledge or tools.
- Do not rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall. Screens are to keep
bugs out, not kids in.
- Keep windows locked and closed when not in use.
- Keep furniture—or anything children can use to climb—away from
- Teach children to play a safe distance from windows and enforce this rule
in your home (i.e. “we play two big steps away from windows”).
- When buying new windows, ask for ones with built-in 4-inch limiters.
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