Here are some of the questions we are asked most often:
Window safety devices should allow for a maximum opening of 10cm (4 inches). Research indicates that more than 90% of children over the age of one have a skull that could not pass through a four inch diameter opening (data from Consumer Product Safety Commission).
Ask your superintendent or landlord to replace the devices. Many cities have bylaws regulating the installation of safety devices. If your superintendent or landlord does not act, purchase the devices and install them yourself or have someone do it for you. The goal is to ensure your child's safety.
To maintain the safety of your child remove all objects and furniture that allow anyone to climb or stand on by an open window, not only in your child's room, but all rooms. You don't want anything available that they can use as stairs to get to the window ledge. Remember, toddlers are good climbers, they will use anything they can find to climb onto window ledges for a better look.
Screens are designed to keeps bugs out. They will NOT support the weight of a child under any circumstances. Check with the window hardware manufacturer to determine if they have safety devices to match your hardware and install them. If none are available, purchase and install dependable after-market safety devices.
Yes. Statistics from Toronto indicate that more than half of all falls in that city are from the second floor. Therefore it is important to be safety conscious regardless of what type of dwelling you live in. Falls occur in single-family homes, townhouses and apartment buildings.
Proper safety devices can be disabled by an adult quickly in case of an emergency.
Yes. The age group with the greatest risk is children between the ages of 1 and 4. Children begin climbing even before they can walk. Young children do not perceive dangerous situations and tend to be very curious.
Caregivers can be easily distracted and an accident takes only a split second to occur. Make sure your friend's apartment has window and door safety devices installed and that they are properly maintained.
My husband just built our new deck and it is only 2 ½ feet off the ground. My two year old knows to use the stairs so we left the deck without a railing to allow for easier yard access. We're ok with this, right?
Young children are top heavy and when they fall, they tend to land on their head first. Even though your son knows to use the stairs he may forget this when chasing his ball or even the family pet. A railing provides the necessary protection for your son in these cases. Also, most local building codes will require that you install a railing on a deck over a certain height.
You should remove all items from your balcony since children may be able to move them closer to the railings. Also, the door to your balcony should have a safety device on it so that your children cannot access your balcony without you.
Window and door safety devices should be available at your local hardware, safety, or child specialty stores.
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