A. Preventing falls from windows is important to consider, since the Consumer Product Safety Commission states that, in the United States, 'about 12 children 10 years old and younger die each year, and more than 4,000 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for window fall-related injuries. CPSC knows of 120 window-fall related deaths to children since 1990.'
In an addition to a window guard, you can use a window stop to prevent a window from opening more than 4 inches.
The main downside to using a window stop or wedge is that you will have to leave the windows mostly shut when your children are around. A window guard or gate offers the added benefit that you can open the windows and still not have to worry about your child falling through them.
Or consider some combination of the two childproofing methods, installing window guards on a few windows that you often open for ventilation, and locks or wedges on the others windows that you usually keep closed.
To keep your children safe, in addition to close supervision, you should also:
- not allow your children to play around windows, even if they are closed, since they can be hurt if they fall through the glass of a closed window
- not rely on screens to keep your kids from falling
- consider installing landscaping under windows that might cushion a fall
- install windows that can open from the top, instead of the bottom, if possible
- keep furniture away from windows, so that your children aren't tempted to climb on them