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Updated: 07/23/2013 12:35 PM
Created: 07/23/2013 12:18 PM | Print |  Email
By: Jennie Olson

WEB EXTRA: Window Fall Prevention Tips

A 5-year-old boy is in the hospital after falling four stories from an apartment window Tuesday morning.

The incident comes after an 18-month-old child fell from a second-story window in June 2013 and an 11-month-old child fell from a ninth-floor window in August 2011.

We've compiled some information about preventing falls from windows and what the legislature has done to regulate them:

  • Laela’s Law took effect in 2009 and addresses window fall prevention. You can find that information, including compliance requirements and exceptions to the rule, here. You can also read the Window Safety Program final report to the Minnesota legislature here
  • View a “Home Safety Checklist” that helps spot what parts of your home are safe and where you can make it safer here.
  • Learn more about window safety and window fall prevention with tips from the Minnesota Department of Health here.
  • View a handout from the National Association for Child Window Safety here.



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