How to prevent from falling from a window
Two-thirds of these injuries occurred among children younger than 5 years. This is the age group that children are mobile, curious and does not recognize the danger of falling from a window.
Prevention measures for young children should aim to prevent falls by reducing the child’s opportunity to exit the window. Windows that open greater than 10 centimetres are considered a risk for injury
Every apartment above ground level must have safety devices to prevent children falling out of windows. Here are the most popular ones:
- Window Locks
- Window Guards
- Window Blinds
- Window Screens
- Window Stops
Children should always be supervised. Here are a few more tips on how to prevent falling from windows:
- Don’t underestimate a child’s ability to move around. They start climbing before they can walk.
- Move furniture and household items away from windows to discourage children from climbing.
- Install window guards on windows above ground level or fasten the windows so they don’t open more than 10 centimetres.
- Keep window areas clear of furniture, which acts as an invitation for curious tots.
- Where possible, open windows from the top.
- Talk to your kids about the dangers of opening and playing near windows, particularly on upper floors