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While windows add a certain character and value to any home, they also pose a hidden danger to children. Every year, thousands of children fall from open windows, resulting in serious injury or death.

Fortunately, there is a way to prevent this tragedy. The use of window guards in homes where small children live or play is an effective deterrent to window falls. Window guards secure into the sides of a window frame and have bars spaced no more than 4 inches apart. They are sold in different sizes to fit any window. Window guards must meet certain requirements for spacing and strength. Guards must also allow for easy escape from the window in case of an emergency, while being difficult for young children to open. Window guards should be used in conjunction with window stops, which prevent the window from opening more than 4 inches above the top bar of the window guard.

When used correctly, window guards can prevent this tragedy from happening. This website is designed to provide information and advice on the use of this product as a effective deterrent to window falls.

Window guards are available from a variety of suppliers throughout the country. Click on the “Locate a Supplier”  link above for a supplier in your area.

 


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