Frequently Asked Questions

Window Safety

Ways to Keep Your Child Safe

Did You Know?

  • More than 4,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each year due to falling out of an open window
  • Children under the age of five account for 1/3 of reported window fall fatalities
  • Children are also at risk of strangulation from inner and outer cords on the window coverings.

Tips to Prevent Falls from Windows

  • Be sure to never place furniture under a window or near a window, little ones always love to climb and explore but this can be dangerous near a window.
  • Never depend on window screens to stop your child from falling out of windows. 
  • Install window stops so that windows will not be open to more than 4 inches*. 
  • Install window guards* to keep children from falling from windows. Ensure that on windows from the 6th story and below guards may be opened by adults and older children in case of fire.
  • If possible, open windows from the top and not the bottom.

Prevent Window Cord Strangulation in Your Home

  • Move all cribs, beds furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, if possible to another wall
  • Keep all window cords out of reach of children.  Ways you can do this:
    - Make sure tassel pull cords are short
    - Ensure continuous loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall
    - Use cord shortening device to ensure safety.
  • Check when your windows and window coverings were manufactured.  If they were made before 2001 they may need to be retrofitted with safety devices or replaced with safer window cords.
  • Install cordless window coverings in children's rooms or play areas if you are able to.

For more information, please visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission at

*These items can be purchased at the RCHSD Safety Store, (858) 966-7973 or visit us at

Safe Kids Tip:

Consumers possessing window coverings purchased before 2001 can obtain a free repair kit from the Window Covering Safety Council's Website at or by calling 800-504-4636.