(12/03/07) THE BRONX &舑; Two recent incidents in which children fell out of windows in the Bronx have highlighted the importance of window guards.

By law, window guards must be installed in buildings with three or more apartments that have children under the age of 10 as tenants. Every window, except those leading to a fire escape, must have a window guard.

So far this year, there have been five falls due to missing window guards. That&舗;s half the number compared to 10 years ago.

Representatives from the Department of Health say they&舗;re being proactive in informing residents about window guards.

&舠;We are making ourselves available for an influx of calls,&舡; Betty Adams, of the Department of Health, says. &舠;We have an education unit, we&舗;re doing trainings, we&舗;re at health fairs.&舡;

One important aspect of window guard installation, according to the DOH, is to keep no more than 4 ½ inches of space above or below the guard.

All window guards must be approved by the city. By law, only landlords can install the guards. Residents who do not have the devices should talk to their landlord or call 311.

Related information: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene