Every day one child below the age of five is admitted to hospital after falling from an open window or a balcony.
Toddlers and children can, and too often do, fall from windows or from balconies and suffer serious injuries. Last summer – due to the hot weather and the lockdown – this increased. But with people being encouraged to ventilate their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will continue to be a risk throughout winter.
Climbing and exploring is a key part of a child’s physical development as they get stronger, more agile and more curious. However, many falls happen because parents are unaware of their child’s newly acquired abilities. Children can’t be supervised all of the time, but with some simple adjustments serious falls can be avoided.
Do you live in a tall building? Check your window restrictors
All homes in taller buildings should have window restrictors or limiters fitted. These stop windows being opened more than a small amount to prevent incidents.