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Child Falls Two Storeys From Open Window

August 9, 2010 4:15 PM | News

By Sarah Klein

View of a window opening into a rural setting

The City of Winnipeg is issuing a reminder about child safety around open windows, just hours after a 17-month-old toddler fell two storeys through an open window in the 300 block of Mountain Avenue.

The girl broke through a screen shortly after noon and was rushed to hospital in unstable condition, but has since been upgraded to stable condition.

“Reports of incidents like these increase in the summer months when people open their windows for fresh air,” said Marc Proulx, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Public Education Coordinator.

The WFPS says direct supervision is the best way to prevent falls from any height, as a child can climb on such items as a change table, stool, crib or dresser. These items act as a step up and should be moved away from a window.

Proulx says the age group that’s typically most affected are children aged one to four as they do not understand the risks of leaning against an open window or a screen.