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Ask Moss: Child Safety on Windows and Screens


Dear Moss Building & Design,

How can I ensure my windows and screens are child-safe? What advice can you give me?

— Dulles Mom

Dear Dulles Mom,

You should never depend on a screen to keep children from potentially falling out of windows. We recommend installing window stops in children’s bedroom windows. Window stops keep windows from opening more than 4 inches and are easy to install.

Window guards are also available for window safety, however, they do not look as attractive as window stops. If you choose to install window guards (which should be installed so they are easy to remove in case of fire), research the requirements for spacing and strength. They are sold in different sizes and can adjust to various widths.

In general, and whenever possible, we suggest opening windows from the top and not the bottom, and keeping furniture and climbing toys away from windows to discourage children from playing near them.

— Moss Building & Design

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