21 Nov 2011
In today’s blog I wanted to focus on the importance of child safety around windows and balconies.
Those who have children living in their homes know of the importance of making sure that their house is free of any potential hazards that could prove to be a danger to young and curious minds.
It’s easy to overlook the hazards associated with windows and balconies though, but they can pose a serious risk for children who have been left unattended nearby, and figures show that about 8000 children are taken to the hospital each year as a result of a fall.
There are steps that can be taken to help prevent the number of accidents that occur and if you click on this link
you will find an information sheet from the NSW Government that outlines the do’s and don’ts surrounding window and balcony safety for children. In general though it is important to make sure windows and balcony doors remain locked and that latches can’t be opened by children. It’s also important to make sure that there isn’t furniture or other objects near windows and balcony doors that can help children climb up to them.
With more and more families choosing to live in medium or high rise homes, window and balcony safety is becoming increasingly important and so families need to make sure they can reduce the risk of falls as much as possible.