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Window Safety and Tips to Prevent Children from Falling Out of Windows

June 7, 2011

William Flora, Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal, 425-430-7061
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

Warm Weather Brings Increased Danger for Young Children

RENTON: When the weather is warm it can be tempting to open windows for increased ventilation and air circulation. Recent accidents where children have fallen from open windows are a reminder that windows can create a dangerous situation for children.

“Please take special care and make sure you supervise children closely especially when they are near windows, doors or on balconies,” said Deputy Fire Chief William Flora.” By taking the appropriate safety measures you can prevent these accidents and keep our children safe.”

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), thousands of young children are killed or injured from falling out of windows every year. With warmer summer weather the number of children falling from windows increases dramatically. Most of these deaths and injuries occur among children who are younger than five years of age.

Window falls are not just a problem for residents of high-rise buildings. Falling from a first floor window can harm a very young child. Fortunately, most window falls can be prevented by taking the appropriate safety measures in homes where small children live or visit.

  • Never depend on screens to keep children from falling out of windows.
  • Install window guards or window stops. Window stops prevent windows from opening more than four inches while window guards are specially designed coverings for windows to prevent falls.
    • For windows on the 6th floor and below, install window guards that adults and older children can open easily in case of fire.
    • For windows on the 7th floor and above, permanent window guards can be installed.
  • Whenever possible, open windows from the top, not the bottom.
  • Keep furniture away from windows to discourage children from climbing near windows.
  • Properly supervise children.