Second incident in a week prompts calls for safety
For the second time in just over a week, a child has fallen out of an apartment window in the city, prompting a warning from paramedics for parents to child-proof their homes.
Early yesterday morning a nine-month-old girl fell out of the second-storey window of a townhouse unit at Blair and Innes roads, sending her to hospital for head injuries, scrapes and bruising. Her injuries are not considered life threatening.
By contrast, on June 25, three-year-old Gawain Moorcroft died after falling from the 15th-floor window of a high-rise apartment building on Caldwell Avenue.
J.P. Trottier, a spokesman for Ottawa Paramedics, said the child yesterday was fortunate to survive the fall with only the injuries she sustained. She landed inches from an air-conditioning unit and a gas meter located beneath the window.
“The injuries would have been much more serious had she struck either of those on the way down,” said Trottier.
The child apparently was on a bed and leaned against a screen that gave way in a bedroom within the unit.
Paramedics remind parents to install window guards and to keep cribs, playpens and beds away from windows.
“One of the things we recommend to parents is to put themselves on the child’s level,” said Trottier. “It might sound a bit silly to do, but it actually works. If it’s a toddler and not walking yet, get down belly-first on the floor and look at the potential dangers.”