Babyproof Window Locks
Around 50 children fall from windows or balconies in Australia each year.
Parents and carers should regularly check the windows and balconies in their home to ensure that the window locks are installed and security screens are in place.
Kids Don't Fly
The 'Kids Don't Fly' safety campaign run by The Children's Hospital at Westmead, reminds parents that children can fall out of a window that is open more than 12.5cm – even if a fly screen is present.
"As a majority of window and balcony falls occur in a child's own home, it is important that parents and carers are reminded of the importance of supervision, and how to keep children safe around windows and balconies,"
Professor Danny Cass, Head of Trauma at The Children's Hospital at Westmead
In order to protect your child from falls and serious injuries, it is recommended to follow some basic safety measures:
Keep all objects that toddlers and children can climb on e.g chairs, shelves, toy boxes away from window and balconies.
Don't rely on fly screens to be the ONLY barrier
Check that window locks have been installed and are locked when children are near.
Always supervise children when near windows and balconies.