May 31, 2021
In the first four months of this year, six children in the Calgary Zone, and in the first five months, nine children in the Edmonton Zone were brought to an emergency department due to window and balcony fall-related injuries. Every year, this type of child injury results in Emergency Medical Services response, emergency department visits, and in serious cases, hospitalization.
With the return of warmer weather, many people will want to open their windows and doors. However, open windows and balcony doors can be hazardous for young children. Parents and guardians are encouraged to take safety precautions to prevent falls from windows or balconies:
Toddlers and preschoolers are at highest risk of falling from a window, or balcony, but it may happen at any age. Direct supervision of children is the most effective way to prevent falls and other childhood injuries.
Fall prevention resources are available on Healthy Parents Healthy Children.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.