Window Guards & Stops - Keep Children Safe

Window guards are an important and often-neglected device for the safety of children, particularly those under 5 years of age.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that each year more than 4,000 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries received from falling from a window. The CPSC knows of at least 120 window-fall related deaths of children since 1990. Most of the injuries and deaths were to children under the age of 5.

On June 21, 2000 the CPSC announced new safety standards for window guards to help protect children from falls, while ensuring that the guards do not prevent escape from a fire.

MedicineNet.com therefore wishes to share this important child safety information with you. (Although the wording here is largely ours, the information is based on the new safety standards set by the CPSC. -- Editor, MedicineNet.com)

Are window guards hard to install?

No. Window guards can be easily installed in windows. They serve to help prevent a child from falling from the window when it is open.

How do window guards work?

Window guards screw into the sides of the window frame. They need to be screwed securely into the window frame because gurads that are simply spring-loaded can be easily dislodged by a child.

Window guards should also have bars no more than 4 inches (10 cm) apart to keep a child from getting between the bars and falling out the window.

Where can I buy window guards?

Window guards are available at hardware stores and home maintenance and repair stores (such as, for example, Home Depot). The window guards come in different sizes for various size windows. They adjust for width. Guards must now meet requirements for spacing and strength and those that allow for escape in case of emergencies must be difficult for very young children to open.