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.

Safety TIPS

  • 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).

Resources:

Window Safety Key Messages (Pdf)

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)
Phone: 503-413-4600

Tom Sargent Safety Center – Safety Store at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Lobby
700 SW Campus Dr.
Portland, OR 97239
503-418-5666 or safety@ohsu.edu

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:

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.