Windows 72″ above the ground can pose a fall risk for young children. Most window falls happen to children ages 2 to 5. Remember, screens cannot withstand the weight of a child–they keep insects out, and can be easily removed. To protect your child, make sure your windows can only open less than 4 inches. Newer homes may have built-in limiters, but most windows will need a window stop or window guard to be installed.
- Keep furniture and anything a child can climb on away from windows.
- Allow windows to open less than 4 inches and install window stops or guards to keep children from opening them further. (Be sure an adult can open them in an emergency).
- Teach your children to play a safe distance from any window and that “screens keep bugs out; they do not keep kids in”.
- Remember, windows also serve as an emergency escape. Be sure windows can open without special knowledge or tools.
- When buying new windows, ask for ones with built in 4-inch limiters (WOCDs).
Randall Children’s Hospital Safety Center
The Safety Center provides home safety products for purchase including window stops and window guards. They offer personalized, 1:1 consultation regarding proper installation and use.
Regular hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon or by appointment.
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Atrium
501 N. Graham St., Portland, OR 97227 (Free curbside valet parking available)
The Safety Store works to increase access to safety supplies by operating a nonprofit safety store, selling a variety of childproofing equipment, window stops, window guards, safety gates, helmets, and protective gear at below-retail prices.
The following Practical Help fliers can be downloaded:
- Windows that may pose a fall risk
- Know your window type
- Window stop options
- Window stop selector grid
- Window guard options
- Window guard selector grid
- Measuring single or double-hung windows for guards
- Measuring slider windows for guards
- Measuring casement windows for guards
Stop at 4 Brochure in English (Pdf)
Stop at 4 brochure in Spanish (Pdf)
Five minutes of prevention window fall safety video from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
To order product, or find a local retailer, please go to Where to Buy Window Products.