April 11, 2012
Attention: AMSC Members – Please distribute to all appropriate personnel
The recent fall of an Alberta toddler from an apartment block is a stark reminder of the need for window and balcony safety.
The child was injured after falling five storeys from an apartment in the City of Calgary.
Each year, paramedics receive numerous calls after children fall from windows and balconies during warm weather months, an Emergency Medical Services spokesperson says.
Recent research suggests that more than 5,000 North American children are injured each year after falling from windows.
Such falls are preventable by assessing hazards and ensuring that windows are safe in private and public buildings, Alberta Health Services—Emergency Medical Services states.
Numerous provincial, municipal and industrial partners joined together several years ago to form Partners Promoting Window and Balcony Safety, which provides resources to help address this risk.
Although statistics indicate that more than half of all falls are from the second floor, it is important to take precautions no matter what type of dwelling you live in or rent to others. “Falls occur in single-family homes, townhouses and apartment buildings,” the safety organization states.
To increase child safety, some municipalities include online reminders to tenants, landlords and property managers of safety requirements and suggestions related to windows and balconies. They also remind them to contact their municipal licensing office if they have any questions about window safety devices.
Here are some prevention tips from Alberta Health Services and Partners Promoting Window and Balcony Safety:
--Adapted from Alberta Health Services, Partners Promoting Window and Balcony Safety
If you would like more information on this subject or any Risk related topics please contact Will Burtenshaw at 780-310-AUMA, Ext 4525.
|Brian Hamblin |
Executive Officer, Risk & Energy Services
Senior Director, Risk, Claims, and Other Services