Parents Warned Over Dangers of Windows

28 July 2010, 07:42 | Updated: 28 July 2010, 07:48

A warning to parents in Dorset this summer after two young children have been hurt, falling out of open windows.

The latest incident happened in Portland during the early hours of Sunday July 22th when a 14-month-old boy suffered a fractured skull when he fell from a window onto concrete below.

Police say his condition is not life threatening.

The first incident took place in the Charminster area of Bournemouth on Monday May 10th after an 18-month-old boy fell onto a pavement.

He sustained bruising, but no major injuries and was treated at Poole Hospital.

Detective Inspector Mark Samuel, of Dorset Police’s child protection unit, said: "It’s only natural that people will open more windows during the warmer weather, but I would urge parents to check that such windows aren’t accessible to young children.

"It’s important to check that children can't reach open windows by climbing on other furniture and that accessible windows don’t open wide enough for a child to fit through.

"The two recent incidents show just how easy it is for accidents to happen and I would hate for other families to endure similar distress."