Window Guards and Other Precautions can Prevent Accidental Falls
The change of season is a good time to examine all window frames and screens for wear and tear and to make repairs as needed.
Remember that screens and even storm windows are not strong enough to prevent someone from falling through. The advice below can help make window areas safer, particularly if you have small children at home, or as frequent visitors.
- Window guards are grids that cover the window opening and prevent children from pushing on screens or glass panes. For homes with small children, these are especially recommended.
- Children imitate what they see so don’t model behavior you don’t want them to copy.
- Keep furniture away from windows, to discourage children from climbing near windows.
- Another option is to install window stops -- hard plastic strips that fit into the side jambs so that windows open no more than four inches.
- Make it a habit to always lock windows when closed, and if you have children in the home, open windows only from the top.
- Open windows and a crowded room can be a dangerous mix – at large gatherings, use window stops to prevent windows from being open wider than four inches, and discourage guests from sitting on windowsills or standing at open windows.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has additional information, a video, and posters about window safety at these links:
The Department of Consumer Protection enforces many safety regulations for children’s articles and upholstered items sold in Connecticut to ensure that hazardous products are not sold. The agency works closely with the Consumer Product Safety Commission in Washington, DC.