Child safety tips

Window falls are predictable and preventable. 

  • 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.
  • Learn how to prevent window falls - Stop at 4" Campaign to Prevent Window Falls.

Additional Fall Prevention Tips

  • NEVER leave children unattended on changing tables, beds, sofas, etc.
  • Strap children into highchairs, swings, strollers, etc.
  • Don’t let children play unattended on balconies, porches, and/or fire escapes.
  • Don’t let children play near windows or patio doors.

Don't create hazards

  • Avoid use of baby walkers on wheels; all baby walkers should meet current ASTM standards.
  • Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs if infants or toddlers are in the home; gates should meet ASTM standards.
  • Use slip-resistant mats or stickers in bathtubs.