Most infants fall from furniture, stairs, or walkers. (older baby walkers can pose multiple risks of injury).
Most toddlers fall from windows and balconies.
Most falls involving older children are from bikes, skateboards, scooters and playground equipment.
In the U.S., 3,300 children under the age of 6 fall from windows each year with 70% falling from second or third story windows. The majority of window falls occur between the months of May and September.
Window Fall Safety Tips
Only allow windows to open 4 inches. Install a window stop to keep children from opening them further.
If you open windows wider than 4 inches, install window guards with an emergency release device.
Windows also serve as a secondary means of escape during an emergency. Make sure windows are accessible and can open fully without special knowledge or tools.
Do not rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall. Screens keep bugs out, not kids in.
Keep windows locked and closed when not in use.
Keep furniture — or anything children can use to climb — away from windows.
Teach children to play a safe distance from windows and enforce this rule in your home (i.e. “we play two big steps from windows”)
When buying new windows, ask for ones with built-in-4-inch-limiters.