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Window and Balcony Safety

by Calgary EMS; photo: fotolia.com

With the return of warmer weather The City of Calgary Emergency Medical Services would like to remind parents of an often overlooked hazard in the home. To bring fresh air into your house, or to cool off in hot weather, we naturally think of opening a window. However, open windows can present a serious safety hazard for young children. Every year, Calgary paramedics respond to emergencies in the home where a child has fallen from an open window– often from the second floor.

Children with access to an open window, particularly if they are elevated on something, such as a dresser, are at high risk of sustaining a fall. This could result in serious or even life threatening injuries. It is important to remember: all of these incidents are preventable. Calgary EMS is proud to be a member of the Partners Promoting Window & Balcony Safety–take the time to assess your home for window and balcony hazards and eliminate the risks before a preventable fall occurs.

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