Childproof Window Locks

Childproof Window Locks

Every year at the beginning of spring, like clockwork news stories of toddlers and young children falling out of home windows invade local news. Child safety becomes at risk. According to a leading research report published in the Pediatric journal, over 500 children fall out of open windows every year in the U.S. That’s about 15 children a day. The report estimates that 98,415 children were treated for window injuries between 1990 and 2008. The study also found that more boys fall from windows than girls. Warm weather is a determining factor as more accidents occur during this period. Children under the age of four are most prone to suffer head injuries and to be either hospitalized or die. Much of this can be avoided by installing child safety locks for windows.

According to the site “Cincinnati Children’s” http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/w/window-falls/ the estimates are far higher. Each year they report that in that fifteen to twenty children under the age of 11 die from the result of window falls. An astonishing 15,000 children are injured.

The physical and emotional trauma of such an event is crippling to the child and the entire family. If a child survives the fall, the injuries that they suffer often require surgery, long-term healing, and physical therapy. Putting child safety at risk is too high a price to pay for innocently leaving an unsecured window open to cool a room.

Parents buy all types of child safety and childproofing products to make sure kids don’t stick their fingers in sockets, run into sharp table corners, and to keep cabinets locked. Unfortunately, not enough parents are doing enough to when it comes to windows. Maybe it’s because there aren’t a lot of window security options on the market. Child safety locks for windows are as important as child safety locks for cabinets and plugs for electric sockets.

Adding to the dilemma, it's important that windows serve as emergency escape routes in cases of fire. While it's important for parent to learn how to reduce the risk of falls, experts warn parents not to seal their windows shut by installing Permanente window bars, window gates, or painting windows shut.

Purchasing child safety locks and window stoppers that allows parents to secure open windows at a safe height, be inserted out of reach of toddlers, and that can be quickly be removed in emergencies is the champion childproof device for child safety.

To a child, it’s a big world out there, even within the home. While a child is testing his / her environment and exploring the world around them anything can happen at any time. Most parents are vigilant and keep a very close eye on their children. However, it takes only a split second for something devastating to happen.

The horror that something can happen to a child when you turn back and leave them for a moment can be avoided. Along with other child safety products, the Lock It Block serves as a child safety lock for windows. Children can't reach the security bar because it's inserted in the upper portion of the window far out of reach. Parents can now leave windows open at a safe height without worrying about their child opening the window.

According to home security experts, 4 inches is the maximum height a window should be left open to prevent toddlers from falling. With the Lock It Block It parents can adjust their windows to meet that recommendation and make lower adjustments at the push of a pin.

When childproofing your windows, remember not to place dressers, bookshelves, desks, chairs, etc. near windows. Climbing on these can cause accidental and deadly falls. If a child falls against a window, they can crash through. In a research report published in the Pediatric journal, the study tracked many children who fell through a window from furniture they climbed on that was near a window.

Another important tip is to place some type of cautioning surface beneath a window. Research found that children who landed on hard surfaces sustained more head injuries, were hospitalized more often and had the higher rate of fatalities. Dirt, rocks, concrete, asphalt, etc., should be covered by a softer surface.

The net result is that falls from window are the leading cause of injury to children age five and under. A fall can occur in the blink of an eye and cause serious injuries. This can be prevented. Below are some tips frome the leading campaign “Kids Can’t Fly” (http://www.bphc.org/programs/cib/healthyhomescommunitysupports/injurypre...) to help prevent this problem:

Kids Can’t Fly Safety Tips

  • Lock all unopened doors and windows.
  • Keep beds, furniture, and anything a child can climb on away from windows.
  • Open windows from the top, not from the bottom.
  • Install child safety window guards.
  • Be sure children are always supervised.
  • Child Safety Window Guards

  • Aluminum or steel bars with a maximum four inch spacing that are installed in the window frame.
  • Designed and tested to withstand 150 pounds of pressure.
  • Recommended for the second story and above and for the first floor if the window is over 12 feet high.
  • Not required by law in Massachusetts. but are recommended in homes with children age six and under.
  • Cannot be substituted with window screens, which are designed to keep out insects and bugs but are NOT strong enough to keep a child from falling out.
  • Operable Window Guards

  • Releasable or removable from the inside without the use of separate tools, a key, or excessive force.
  • Can be installed on all windows, including those on which fixed window guards cannot be used.
  • Recommended by the Boston Fire Department because they have a release feature that allows escape in case of an emergency.
  • Additional Information

  • Fixed (permanent) guards or window locks can also be used to restrict the window openings to less than four inches. One window in each room needs to be free of these devices in order to allow for emergency escape.
  • Child safety window guards are NOT the same as burglar/security bars. Security bars are wide enough to allow a child to slip through and should not be used as a safety window guard. Child safety window guards are not designed to protect against intruders.