Falls are the leading cause of injury to children age five and under. A fall can happen within seconds. Window falls can cause serious injuries, but they are completely preventable. Through education, partnerships and engineering, we can protect children from window falls. In response to the ongoing tragedy of children falling out of windows, the Injury Prevention Program launched a campaign, previously known as "Kids Can't Fly," to educate communities about window falls prevention and promote the use of child safety window guards.
Window Falls Prevention Program
Through our partnership with Boston Building Resources, we are able to make window guards affordable for Boston residents, and more importantly, help families protect their children from the serious and fatal risk of window falls.
Learn more about Boston Building Resources or call them at 617-442-2262 if you would like to purchase window guards. Window guards are available at a discounted rate for Boston residents.
General Safety Tips
- Window guards cannot be substituted with window screens, which are designed to keep bugs out but are not strong enough to keep a child from falling out.
- Keep beds, furniture, and anything a child can climb on away from windows.
- Lock all unopened doors and windows.
- Open windows from the top instead of the bottom.
- Fixed (permanent) guards or window locks can also be used to restrict the window openings to less than four inches. One window in each room needs to be free of these devices in order to allow for emergency escape.
- Child safety window guards are not the same as burglar/security bars and are not designed to protect against intruders.
- Be sure children are always supervised.
Window Guard Installation
- Installation of window guards is voluntary. Ask your landlord about installing them in your building.
- Boston Housing Authority (BHA) residents should call the BHA Work Order Center at 617-988-4357 to request for window guards.
- Removable window guards have an emergency-release mechanism for easy removal in the event of a fire or emergency.
- Recommended for the 2nd story and above, and for the 1st floor if the window is over 12 feet high.
- Any family, grandparents or caregivers with children 10 years old and younger should have window guards.
- Guards should be installed in children's and parents' bedrooms, as well as other rooms where children spend the most time.
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