More falling children has paramedics urging window safety
Cases of children tumbling out of windows are not uncommon, EMS says
Calgary paramedics are urging parents to focus on window and balcony safety, after two children between the ages of one and five were injured after falling from second-storey windows in unrelated incidents Saturday.
A boy fell through the screen of a second-storey window of a Saddle Ridge home at around 8 a.m. The same thing happened to a little girl at a Silverado home at around 7 p.m.
Both children were taken to the Alberta Children's Hospital by ambulance with soft-tissue injuries that were not life-threatening.
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EMS says cases like these are not uncommon. They happen several times each year in Calgary and other Canadian cities, but the risk can be reduced.
These tips can help:
- Move furniture away from windows
- Install safety devices to prevent windows from fully opening
- Consider air conditioning to avoid leaving windows opened
- Keep in mind bug screens are not safety devices
More information is available here.
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