Toddler's 2nd-Story Fall in Manchester a Reminder of These Window Safety Tips
Photo courtesy - National Safety Council
MANCHESTER — Manchester police and fire were called to Karatzas Avenue for a report that a child had fallen from a second story window.
Officials say just before noon Wednesday, they arrived on scene in the 200 block of Karatzas Avenue after they received a call that an 18-month-old child fell from a window.
The toddler allegedly pushed open a screen before falling from the second floor.
The child was brought to the hospital as a precautionary measure, but did not appear to suffer serious injury in the fall.
The Manchester Police Juvenile Unit is investigating, but the incident appears to be accidental.
The National Safety Council says about eight children die each year from falling out windows and more than 3,300 are injured.
They remind parents and caregivers to:
- Always supervise children and keep their play area away from windows
- Keep windows closed and locked when children are present
- If windows are open, make sure children can't reach them
- For a double-hung window on an upper floor, open the top sash for ventilation and keep the bottom sash closed
- Screens keep bugs out, but they do not keep children in
- Keep furniture away from windows as it could tempt a curious child to climb and potentially fall
- Don't allow children to jump on beds or other furniture
- If there are young children in the home, install ASTM-approved limited-opening hardware, which only allows a window to open a few inches