Dept. of Health urges use of guard rails after 2 kids fall
The Department of Health is urging parents and child care providers to use guard rails on their windows after two children have fallen in the past four days.Health officials say 13 children fell from windows last year, with four of them being fatal. They say the accidents could have been prevented with proper window guards.
According to the Department of Health, if children 10 years old or younger live in an apartment, or if child care services are being provided, the building owner must have guard rails installed. Each window guard must have a Health Department approval number. Tenants can contact 311 if a landlord or building owner refuses to install the guard rail. Complaints can also be filed if a tenant refuses to allow the guard rail. Last Friday, a 4-year-old boy died after falling from the 23rd floor of an apartment building in Co-op City. Yesterday, a 3-year-old fell out of a window at an apartment building in Throgs Neck. The 3-year-old was not seriously hurt. To view our complete coverage
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