As temperatures rise, so does the risk of young children falling out of open windows or from balconies. In advance of the warmer weather, Fraser Health and the BC Ambulance Service are asking parents of young children to think twice before opening the window.
The public campaign aims to remind caregivers that safety latches should be properly installed on windows and that climbing hazards be removed from areas near windows and balconies.
Fraser Health and BC Ambulance Service, with the support of Partners Promoting Window and Balcony Safety (http://windowsafety.ca) have issued a special decal to remind parents to do so.
These free decals will be made available in daycares and public health units across Fraser Health as of mid-June.
The decals are also a reminder to parents and caregivers that window screens do not offer adequate protection. These screens are not strong enough to withstand the weight of a child pushing against them and should never be relied on as a safety measure.
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