When children are small, falling is one of the biggest hazards they face and while most of the time the child bounces back up again, if they were to fall from a height, the situation would be very different. There is a variety of low cost, simple ways to prevent a child from falling from a window but one of the first things you should do is think about where to position your furniture. Never place furniture items underneath a window where a child could easily climb.
Installing window latches will become very important as a child grows and can reach a window without climbing. These latches should permit an adult to open the window easily while at the same time prevent a child from doing so.
Another child safety option is window guards, these generally have bars stopping a child from accessing the window and, although they should meet proper safety standards, make sure the bars are spaced no more than 4 inches apart so that there is no risk of a child getting their head or another body part stuck. Window stops are another option designed to only permit the window to be opened to a certain width. As in the case of window guards, window stops should not open more than 4 inches.
Window screens should not be considered as a protection against falling from the window and are not designed as a safety feature. If you have screens on your windows you will still need to take additional safety precautions. If you would like more advice on safety in your home, please feel free to contact us for more advice.