Window and Balcony safety for children

An increasing number of children are admitted to hospital with serious injuries as a result of falling from open windows and balconies – especially in warmer weather.

Children aged from one to five years are most at risk as they develop more quickly than you might think and are naturally curious, but lack the ability to recognise danger.

Please share the following safety advice to parents keep their children safe:

Fit child resistant restrictors to prevent upstairs windows from opening to more than 10cm (but you should still be able to open wider in an emergency e.g. fire).

Where possible only open top windows to aid ventilation but is safer

Always supervise children on balconies if relevant – keep the door to your balcony shut so they can’t get out without your knowledge.

Remember – children love to climb:

Keep beds, other furniture and other items away from windows that might make it easier for toddlers to climb

Keep pot plants and other objects away from the edge of balconies to prevent children from climbing

Be aware of light weight furniture/objects that children could drag to windows/railings

See The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website for more advice on preventing accidents to children.