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Young kids and window safety

These safety precautions can help prevent a tragic fall.

Girl safely looking out a rainy window

When the weather's warm, it can be tempting to open your windows and let in the fresh breeze. But did you know this is a safety risk for young kids? Help prevent tragic falls with these window safety pointers:

Window safety dos and don'ts

  • Do: Close and lock all windows when you’re not in the room. Children can push windows open.
  • Don't: Open windows more than four inches. This prevents small children from being able to squeeze through.
  • Do: Keep windows open at the top, not at the bottom, whenever possible. Kids are less likely to access the opening.
  • Don't: Assume that a screen makes the window safe. Screens aren't strong enough to hold even a small child.
  • Do: Install window safety devices ( see below ) on all windows — even on the first floor.
  • Don't: Make windows accessible. Move furniture that kids might climb on away from windows.

Using window safety devices

Window stops and guards are designed to help prevent anyone from falling out the window. Window stops keep windows from opening more than a few inches, and window guards block the window opening. Help ensure safe and effective use with these tips:

  • Purchase the correct type of window guard. Find the correct fit for your window and follow the manufacturer's installation instructions. Window guards may not be the exact aesthetic you were going for, but these add-ons help with safety.
  • Know how to remove the safety device. Practice removing it regularly so you'll be prepared to do so in the event of an emergency.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm® (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates). While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. State Farm is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites that might be hyperlinked from this page. The information is not intended to replace manuals, instructions or information provided by a manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional, or to affect coverage under any applicable insurance policy. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.




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