Falls & Tip-Overs

Window Safety: Keeping Children Safely Inside

If there’s one thing you should know about window safety, it is that window screens are NOT enough to prevent a serious accident. You may think your windows are safe, yet falls from windows cause more severe injuries and deaths than any other kind of fall.


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    • Screens are meant to keep insects out, not to prevent falls–a child can easily push out a window screen. 
    • Make sure that windows are closed and locked when not in use. If your windows do not have locks, you can install them.
    • Put window stops on all windows. This keeps the window from opening more than 4 inches. 
    • For second-story windows or higher, install window guards to protect your child when the windows are open. Be sure yours has a quick-release mechanism in case of an emergency. 

    • Keep cribs, beds, and furniture away from windows, so children cannot use them to climb up to the window. 
    • Children can become entangled in the cords from window blinds, shades or curtains, so install cordless window treatments. For more information on window treatments and other strangulation risks, go here

    • If a child falls from a window, dial 911 immediately. Do not attempt to move the child until trained medical personnel arrive.

Did You Know?

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Every year, more than 5,100 children are treated in the ER for injuries due to window falls.

- Nationwide Children's Hospital