Po­lice urge cau­tion af­ter two cases of chil­dren fall­ing from win­dows

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

Hamil­ton po­lice want the pub­lic to make sure win­dows and screens are se­cure af­ter re­spond­ing to two in­ci­dents this week in which chil­dren fell from sec­ond-floor win­dows.

Both chil­dren, who were un­der five years old, suf­fered non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries and are ex­pected to make full re­cov­er­ies, po­lice say.

In both cases, the chil­dren were play­ing with other kids in rooms on the sec­ond floor when they fell through the screen, po­lice said in a news re­lease Fri­day. To pre­vent these types of falls, po­lice of­fer the fol­low­ing safe­guards:

keep­ing fur­ni­ture away from win­dows;

in­stalling win­dow guards that can eas­ily be opened by an older child or adult if there’s a fire;

in­stalling win­dow stops to pre­vent the win­dows from open­ing more than a few inches;

open­ing win­dows from the top, not the bot­tom, when­ever pos­si­ble;

reg­u­larly in­spect­ing screens and win­dows to make sure they are work­ing prop­erly.

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