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May 2, 2007

Safe Kids Canada reminds parents and caregivers to protect children from window and balcony falls

(TORONTO) – With warm weather quickly approaching, many families will keep their windows and balcony doors open, putting their children at risk of falling and causing serious injuries. Since children can easily fall because they are curious, top heavy and don’t understand the risks of falling from heights, Safe Kids Canada urges parents and caregivers to install window safety devices to prevent serious injuries.

“Window screens will not protect your child. In fact, a window screen can easily give way to the weight of a small child,” says Allyson Hewitt, executive director of Safe Kids Canada. “Toddlers are great climbers and love to look out windows but don’t understand the risks of falling. But there are things you can do to help keep children safe.”

To prevent injuries, Safe Kids Canada recommends:

  • Install a safety device, such as a window guard or window stop.
    Window guards act as a barrier in front of an open window, preventing a child from falling out. Window stops are small devices that prevent a window from opening more that 10 centimetres (four inches), so that a child cannot fall out. Both safety devices can be found at hardware and specialty safety stores.
  • Keep all furniture away from windows to prevent children from climbing up and falling.
  • If you have a balcony, take steps to prevent your child from accessing it.
    Make sure that chairs and other objects that a child can climb on are kept away from the railing, keep the balcony doors locked and always supervise a young child on a balcony.

For more information on window and child safety, call 1-888-SAFE-TIPS (723-3847) or visit www.safekidscanada.ca

Established in 1992, Safe Kids Canada is the national injury prevention program of The Hospital for Sick Children and is a national leader in educating parents and promoting effective strategies to prevent unintentional injuries and deaths of children. For more information about Safe Kids Canada, please visit www.safekidscanada.ca or call 1-888-SAFE-TIPS (723-3847).

For more information, please contact:

Media Contact
Public Affairs
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone: 416-813-6380
Fax: 416-813-5328