Window Guards and Safety Netting

Window screens are not effective for preventing children from falling out of windows. Use window guards and window stops. Safety netting for balconies, decks and landings can also help prevent serious falls.

Check these safety devices frequently to make sure they are secure and properly installed and maintained. There should be no more than 4 inches between the bars of the window guard. If you have window guards, be sure at least one window in each room can be easily used for escape in a fire.

Window guards are priced between $10 and $30 and have different configurations. Consumers should compare features to determine which guards best suit their needs. Window stops available at hardware stores cost about $2.

More Baby Safety and Child Proofing Tips

Safety Latches and Locks
Corner and Edge Bumpers
Safety Gates
Outlet Covers and Outlet Plates
Door Knob Covers and Door Locks
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector
Anti-Scald Devices
Window Blind Cords/Safety Tassels
Smoke Detectors
Door Stops and Door Holders
Window Guards and Safety Netting
Cordless Phones