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Open windows a danger: BC ambulance 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Parents should inspect all of their home's windows. (File photo)

Parents should inspect all of their home's windows. (File photo)

The British Columbia Ambulance Service and B.C. Children’s Hospital are warning parents to be extra cautious as the weather warms up and windows remain open, posing a danger for small children.

According to a joint news release from the organizations, during the past five years about 18 children per year have fallen from balconies or windows in the province including one this month.

“While it might be tempting to leave a window open a crack to let in some fresh air during the warmer months, remember that young children can be strong enough to widen an unlocked window enough to fall out of it,” said the statement. “Toddlers have a high centre of gravity, so even leaning out of a window can lead to a fall, likely headfirst, which can lead to serious injuries.”

Parents should not underestimate the mobility of their children who can crawl and access windows and balconies before they can walk, said the statement.

It also said household items a child can climb to access windows should moved away from them and that screens keep bugs out, but don’t keep children in.

The organizations recommended fastening windows closed and using window bars as well.

 

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