Protect children from falling from windows

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Window guards are inexpensive and easy to install
Photo courtesy South County Fire

An important message for anyone with a child in your home: When our weather warms up, emergency departments get calls about children falling from windows.

It generally happens on hot days, when windows are open, and when there are distractions in the home. Visitors, family celebrations, perhaps an ill parent, or a new cleaner or babysitter.

Adults assume that the screens will prevent the child from falling; or they assume that someone else in the home is paying attention to the child. 

Screens are built to keep bugs out, not children in. Screens cannot support the weight of a child pushing through.

Here's what you can do to keep kids safer:
  1. Install window stops or guards that prevent the window from opening more than 4 inches.
  2. Move furniture away from windows to discourage kids from climbing.
  3. Always actively supervise young children.
Window guards can be purchased at hardware stores and online. 


Post a Comment

We encourage the thoughtful sharing of information and ideas. We expect comments to be civil and respectful, with no personal attacks or offensive language. We reserve the right to delete any comment.
Facebook: Shoreline Area News
Twitter: @ShorelineArea
Daily Email edition (don't forget to respond to the email)

  © Blogger template The Professional Template II by 2009

Back to TOP