Young toddler climbing near window

Tips to prevent falls from windows and balconies.

Children are especially vulnerable to falls because they are curious. They love to climb and often don’t recognize when they are putting themselves at risk.

A few simple actions can make your home more secure for children and prevent devastating falls.

  • Don’t underestimate a child’s mobility; children often begin climbing before they can walk.
  • Move household items away from windows. This can discourage children and toddlers from using objects like a step stool to climb and peer out.
  • Don’t leave children unattended on balconies or decks. Move furniture or planters away from the edges as children can climb up and over.
  • Window screens keep bugs out, not children in. Even small children are capable of pushing open an unlocked window. Toddlers who have a higher centre of gravity can easily fall headfirst through a window screen if they lean against it.
  • Install window guards on windows above the ground level. These can act as a gate in front of the window.
  • Install window and door safety locks. These safety features prevent windows from opening more than 10 centimetres (four inches). Children can fit through spaces as small as 12 centimetres (five inches) wide.
    Ensure there is a safe release option in case of a house fire.
  • Talk to your children about the dangers of opening and playing near windows, particularly on upper floors of the home.

Resources

  • Spring health guide: Tips for keeping your home safe around windows with your kids