A toddler in Burnaby is recovering after falling 20 feet out a window on Wednesday evening, police said on Thursday.
In a release, Burnaby RCMP said officers responded to the call, and from what they determined, “it appears as though the parent was getting their children ready for bed when one of the children aged 3, left the room unnoticed.”
The parent discovered the child moments later on the ground outside the home.
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According to police the child only suffered “minor injuries” and is ultimately going to be okay.
Still, “this is every parent’s worst nightmare and we want to prevent it from happening again to another family,” said Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Mike Kalanj.
“With warmer weather on the way, windows in homes are going to be open throughout the day so please ensure they are secure and that you take every precaution to keep young people in your home safe.”
In light of this incident, Burnaby RCMP said they are asking anyone with young children in their home to “take five minutes” to review their safety advice when it comes to keeping their homes secure for small children.
This, they said, includes the following:
- Don’t underestimate a child’s mobility; children begin climbing before they can walk
- Toddlers may use anything as a step stool to get higher
- Window screens will not prevent children from falling through
- Install window guards on windows above the ground level
- Don’t leave children unattended on balconies or decks
- Talk to your children about the dangers of opening and playing near windows
Burnaby RCMP added that its Victim Services Unit is continuing to provide support to the family involved in this incident.