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Screens that enclose a porch or patio are not designed to prevent children or adults from falling. Screens on decks or second stories need to have pickets on the bottom section to prevent children from falling through the screen. Local building ordinances will describe the requirements needed for these. Consider your porch or patio enclosure as an outdoor room for insect protection only. These should not be considered a child safe room that will keep children from falling or pool areas.
As with all of these screen related products, the screen fabric can degrade overtime by outdoor exposure and sun damage. The screen fabric may become brittle and weaken over time. It may look strong, but has no structure or protection from falls. Children should always be supervised in Porch or patio screen enclosures. Do not trust the screen fabric or screen doors latches to be secure enough to prevent a child from exiting.
Balcony/porches and patios can be dangerous places for children to play. However, parents can take some simple steps to ensure the safety of their children. Homes that contain a balcony/porch or patio can pose a huge risk to the safety of a child. Special steps may be required to child proof a balcony or patio area. Children are curious and that’s a fact of life that we adults just have to accept. It is also our jobs as parents to ensure the safety of these children. That is why it is so important to have a plan for patio safety for children. You want your outdoor refuge to stay an outdoor refuge, not an instrument that can harm a child. Some of the tips below might give you insight on more ways to keep your children protected while enjoying your outdoor porch or patio area.
Windows play a critical role in home safety. While some falls occur from windows, it is important to realize that in the event of a fire, a window can save a child's life.
A home may represent a haven of safety and security but for young children, it can also be a minefield of potentially dangerous falls.
Screens that enclose a porch or patio are not designed to prevent children or adults from falling. A review of your porch and patio screens can help identify safety risks.
Check out further resources on home and screen safety, and download the Window Safety Activity book for kids.