Window Falls Prevention
In Pierce County, falls are the most common unintentional injury requiring children to stay in the hospital. Nationwide, thousands of children are injured or killed from window falls every year.
The most common victims are children under the age of 5 who fall out of an open, screened bedroom window from the second or third story. Explore the information below to learn more about securing your home against window falls.
Tips for Preventing Window Falls
- Limit openings to 4 inches or less by using a window stop (see the picture below) for any accessible window more than 6 feet off the ground.
- Open windows only when they are outside of a child’s reach.
- Install an operable window guard if you must open a window within a child’s reach. Window guards have horizontal bars no more than four inches apart that screw into the side of a window frame. They are available in different sizes.
- Be aware that window screens will not keep your child from falling.
- Move furniture away from windows and balconies. Children can climb on beds, couches and other furniture to reach windows.
- Plant grass or shrubbery around your home to soften the impact surface in case of a fall.
- Monitor window safety anywhere your child visits.