Child Window Safety
Keep your children safe at home.
Too often, children are seriously injured or killed as a result of falling from a window. There are basic steps you can take to help make sure children stay healthy and safe at your home.
Steps for parents and residents:
- Limit window openings to 4 inches or less.
- Install operable window guards on windows.
- Avoid the placement of furniture such as beds, dressers and cribs near windows to prevent children from climbing onto window sills.
- Keep children away from open windows and doors when playing.
Steps for landlords and building owners:
- Install building code-compliant devices that limit how far windows will open.
In addition, the Chicago Building Code requires every door opening and every window to have screens in place from April 15th to November 15th of each year. Specifically, every door opening directly from any family unit to the outdoors and every window, or other outside openings used for ventilation purposes, must be supplied with a screen of not less than 16 mesh per inch and every screen door shall have a self-closing device in good working condition. It should be noted that screens may not prevent falls; parents, residents and landlords should follow the recommendations highlighted above.
Residents are encouraged to call 311 if they see windows that present a potential danger and a building inspector will be sent out. Also please take note of the following brochures in English and Spanish sponsored by Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.