Toddler falls from 2nd-storey window of B.C. apartment, prompting heat wave safety warning
VANCOUVER -- A toddler fell from the second floor of a Burnaby, B.C., apartment building over the weekend, prompting a public warning about leaving windows unsecured during the province's heat wave.
The 14-month-old boy was taken to hospital after plummeting to the ground, but fortunately did not suffer any serious injuries.
The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Sunday at a building on Arcola Street. Burnaby RCMP said it appears the toddler climbed onto some furniture before falling out of a window that had been left open due to the hot weather.
"In this case, it just took a moment for the child to fall while a parent had briefly stepped out of the room," Cpl. Mike Kalanj said in a statement.
"As the weather heats up, we are urging all parents and families to do a safety assessment in their own home."
The heat wave currently sending temperatures soaring across the province "provides a perfect opportunity to evaluate window safety," Kalanj added.
Fraser Health recommends that parents move furniture and other household items away from windows to discourage kids from trying to peer out.
A list of safety tips on the health authority's website also warns that screens won't prevent children from falling through a window. "They keep bugs out, not children in," it reads.
Instead, officials suggest installing window guards that act as a gate, or safety locks that prevent windows and doors from opening more than 10 centimetres.
Parents should also talk to their children about the dangers of playing near windows, Fraser Health said.