Homes with second and third story windows can pose a fall-risk hazard for young children. Most window falls occur to children ages 2 to 5. Remember, screens are not designed to withstand the weight of a child–they are intended only as insect screens and are designed to be easily removed. To protect your child, make sure your windows can’t be opened more than 4 inches. Newer homes may have built-in limiters however, for most windows, a window stop or window guard will need to be installed.
- Keep furniture and anything a child can climb on away from windows.
- Only allow windows to open 4 inches or less 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.
Window Safety Products: Education, Selection and Installation
Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland is a resource for window safety education and related products for the home. The Safety Center has window stops and window guards for sale and offers personalized, 1:1 consultation regarding proper installation and use.
Click here to visit the Safety Center webpage for worksheets, educational videos and more.
Stop at 4 brochure in English (Pdf)
Stop at 4 brochure in Spanish (Pdf)
Stop at 4 window cling (Pdf)
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission video on window safety.
To order product, or find a local retailer, please go to Where to Buy Window Products.