This terrifying accident is a reminder for us all to secure our homes 25



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Devastating news from Brisbane today reminds us to lock our windows and take a long hard look around us.

A two-year-old girl has fallen headfirst from a second-storey home and is now in a serious condition at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane Times reports. The little girl fell onto an awning and then onto the concrete driveway below.

While we’re all sending hope and prayers to family of the child, the news is also shocking because it could so easily happen to anyone.

The little girl was leaning against a fly-screen over an open window when it gave way.

Some years ago, I was in the kitchen while my own two-year-old was playing in the living room. The windows in our high-set house were open; the couch was up against the wall. There was a seven metre drop between the window and the driveway below.

I still don’t know what made me rush into the living room at the moment my son had climbed up onto the couch and was in the process of dismantling the flimsy fly screen – call it mother’s intuition or just blind luck. Whatever it was, it saved me the same fate the poor parents of the little girl are now facing.

That incident was enough to trigger an immediate response and we had secure fly screens bolted on every window by the end of the following day.

Since then, like the little boy who could see dead people in the movie The Sixth Sense, I see dangerous windows. And they’re everywhere, even at Grandma’s house.

If you have high-up windows that can be opened, pushed or leaned against, be assured your grandchildren will try to do so at some point. Even older kids have an alarming lack of appreciation for danger and a desire to sit in odd places (like windowsills and the backs of couches).

Here are five tips for childproofing your windows:

  1. Assess the security of all upstairs windows, even the ones you think kids couldn’t access.
  2. Check that any fly screens are secure and can’t be pushed out of the window, consider installing criss-cross steel grilles.
  3. Install child-proofing locks and systems like blocks that only allow windows to open a small way.
  4. Ensure your blinds and window coverings have no long, dangling cords that could be a strangulation risk.
  5. Remain vigilant when there are children and open windows around.

Did you take any steps to childproof your home for when the grandkids come to stay? Share your experiences here. 


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  1. I was in a fourth floor temporary accommodation while waiting for more permanent accommodation when my then husband had a contract in Iran, walked into the dining area in time to see my then two year old daughter climbing onto the window ledge. I had to stay real calm outwardly while coaxing her back inside, near enough for me to grab her. She had pulled a chair over. You can imagine how I felt.

  2. txtI have had a similar experience with my youngest son (who is now an adult with toddlers of his own). The first one was when I had a dentist appointment and had to leave my son who was about 2 years old and his brother in the waiting room while I had my treatment. It was a hot day and they had windows open (the surgery was on the second floor) and the waiting room chairs were lined up underneath the windows. The first thing that we knew something was amiss was when his brother came into the treatment room and said baby brother was climbing out the window. Luckily he was removed before he fell to the pavement and the windows were then closed. The second time was when I was when I was downstairs hanging out the washing having left him having a nap in his room. Something made me look up and there he was standing on the windowsill against the window; I have never moved so fast in all my life. I was very, very fortunate and I have been very aware of windows and balcony rails since then.

  3. O Dee glad it all turned out well, kids can move in a blink of the eye.when i was was growing up there were two lovely little girls about 2 and 4, and they youngest climbed out and fell unfortunely she passed away i have never forgotton this even though its about 50 years ago

  4. The same thing happened to my 2 year old Granddaughter. The couch was near a slightly open (screened in) window. Somehow she managed to push it out and when she did, went with it, falling from the third floor window. Mama ran into the front room when she heard the screams, only to see her little fingers that were hanging on for dear life, let go of the ledge. Her Mama ran down and grabbed her little one who had landed safely in a bush. Thankfully, only her wrist was broken. There should be a law, any apartment that has children living in it, should have window locks so they can open only so far. Kids are faster then lightening, and can’t always catch them when they decide to go exploring.. Thankful she is alive. 🙂

  5. I hope the little girl comes out of this fine. I don’t have a two-storey house so don’t see that ever being a problem and my grandchildren are older now, although I sometimes think just as silly and I still have to watch them like a hawk. My biggest concern now would be having my granddaughter, who in the last 3 months was diagnosed with Diabetes Type 1, having a sleepover, especially after reading a story yesterday on 7News of a girl with Diabetes Type 1 who went to bed with a good glucose level and died in her sleep.

  6. My youngest son was only 3 when he pushed up against the sliding glass door, dislodged it and it smashed onto the paving outside. Calls to the manufacturers etc were immediate. But it happened again and this time one of his playmates was out under the pergola. How that child escaped injury – I have no idea. Try as you might, no one can foresee such accidents but anticipating what ‘could’ happen is a good way to prevention.

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  7. It pays to be a little paranoid about safety when they are little.

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    • Linda Carey, with you on this. Call me paranoid I don’t care, do a home risk assessment, go to each room and look from floor to ceiling. Chairs in front of windows, cords from blinds, the list goes on and on.

  8. We have some windows on our mezzanine that a youngster could lean against and fall out. We haven’t thought up a good solution but then we don’t have small kids about often. Should that change I am not sure the best way to fix them as they are at ground level and easily accessed. Some sort of grill probably.

  9. Absolutely heartbreaking I hope she will be ok. I had my granddaughter over and she ran full steam into a closed glass sliding door. Huge egg on her head and I felt absolutely dreadful. Next day I went and bought large adhesive stickers and plasteted the doors. You feel terrible .

  10. I think the older we become the more paranoid we are thinking about what or may happen to our little ones.

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