Safety warn­ing af­ter tod­dler escapes death in win­dow fall

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - DAVE BARWELL

A TWO-YEAR-OLD boy re­mains in a se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion in hos­pi­tal af­ter fall­ing from a third-storey apart­ment win­dow in Syd­ney’s north yes­ter­day.

Paramedics ar­rived at Wharf Rd, Gladesvill­e about 1.15pm fol­low­ing re­ports the child had fallen six me­tres from an apart­ment win­dow onto con­crete.

He was treated at the scene for a frac­tured leg and other mi­nor in­juries be­fore be­ing taken to the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal at West­mead.

A woman was also taken to hos­pi­tal suf­fer­ing shock.

The win­dow from which the child fell was fit­ted with a fly­screen that had be­came dis­lodged, a wit­ness said.

A bed was also un­der­stood to have been near the win­dow.

Last Satur­day a four-yearold girl was taken to the same hos­pi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter fall­ing from an apart­ment win­dow in Hornsby.

NSW build­ing laws and codes man­date child-re­sis­tant safety de­vices for all win­dows that are more than two me­tres above the ground.

These de­vices are sup­posed to lock win­dow open­ings at a max­i­mum of 12.5 cen­time­tres.

Aus­tralian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion NSW pres­i­dent Dr Kean-Seng Lim said the two in­ci­dents acted as timely re­minders to par­ents to keep climbable ob­jects, such as beds, away from win­dows.

“Flyscreens are not an ad­e­quate pro­tec­tion against a child fall­ing out of a win­dow as quite fre­quently they can look like a bar­rier and give a sense of false se­cu­rity when they will pro­vide next to no pro­tec­tion,” Dr Lim said.

Paramedics on the scene.

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