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The Annual Reminder Of Summer Window Safety

Fraser Valley – It’s the ugly truth as we get into the warm summer weather. We keep the windows open to air out the house, or the apartment. The screens are there but they’re not too secure, and you don’t seem to be too concerned about it.

The numbers don’t lie.

According to BC Trauma Registry data, almost 150 children between aged one to six, were treated at trauma centres around B.C. after falling from a window or balcony between 2009 and 2015.

Kids and people don’t bounce well, especially off pavement.

Yes that is a harsh statement, but it has to be made, because we hear the horror stories every single summer.

BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) released a list of safety tips in partnership with BC Children’s Hospital and the Condominium Home Owners Association of BC.

Parents must take note for their safety and the safety of their children.

◗ Don’t underestimate a child’s mobility; children begin climbing before they can walk.

◗ Move furniture and household items away from windows to discourage children from climbing to peer out.

◗ Be particularly mindful of toddlers, who may climb on anything to get higher.

◗ Remember that window screens will not prevent children from falling through. They keep bugs out – not children in.

◗ Install window guards on windows above the ground level. These act as a gate in front of the window.

◗ Alternatively, fasten your windows so that they cannot open more than 10 centimetres (four inches).

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