- Don't leave young children alone - injuries can happen in seconds.
- When young children are around, close and lock windows. For ventilation, open windows that children can't reach.
- Set and enforce rules about keeping children's play away from windows and/or patio doors.
- Don't rely on screens to prevent a fall. Insect screens are designed to provide ventilation while keeping insects out - they will NOT prevent a child's fall from a window.
- Never paint or nail windows shut. You must be able to open them to escape in an emergency.
- Always be sure that you have at least one window in each sleeping area that meets escape and rescue requirements.
- Keep window treatments (blinds, cords, drapes, etc.) away from cribs and playpens and out of children's reach.
- If young children live in the home, consider installing window guards on the windows that are not required for emergency escape or rescue in a fire. Be aware that window guards must have easy release mechanisms so that they do not impede emergency escape and rescue.
Contact Portland Fire & Rescue's Prevention Division at (503) 823-3700 to determine proper window guard placement.