A 3-year-old girl died recently when she fell out of a fifth-floor window of her family’s apartment in Queens. Police say the child and her 2-year-old sister had become locked in the bathroom of their apartment, according to ny1.com. Her parents called the super, but the girl fell before help arrived. According to reports, there was no window guard on the bathroom window.
New York City landlords are required to install window guards, which resemble horizontal jail bars and cover the bottom half of a window to form a barrier. Current models, which may be available at hardware stores, are designed to be easily removed by an adult − say, a firefighter − in an emergency, according a report on time.com.
Some buildings are exempt from the city window guard regulations, such as the 53rd story Manhattan condominium from which Eric Clapton’s 4-year-old son fell to his death in 1991.
It is not just high-rise buildings that can be dangerous. The New York City window guard accident attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., urge parents and property owners to child-proof windows in any two-story dwelling, house or garage.
Every year, emergency departments treat nearly 5,200 kids for falls from windows, or an average of 14 kids a day, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Fortunately, programs like “Children Can’t Fly” in New York have reduced the number of falls by 50 percent. The program has raised awareness about the window-guard regulations and provided other safety tips.
The organization Nationwide Children’s suggests other safety measures to help protect children from falls, such as window stops. Stops are screwed into the window frame and block the window from sliding too far upward. Adults should also limit children’s access to windows by moving dressers, beds and nightstands away from the openings. Nationwide Children’s notes that window screens do not offer any protection from falls.
If you have a child who has suffered an injury from a window fall, contact the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., to determine whether you are entitled to compensation.