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Child dies after fall from balcony in Maryland

Child dies after fall from balcony in Maryland

 

A small child died after falling from a balcony on Hewitt Avenue in the Aspen Hill section of Montgomery County, Maryland.  It appears that the little boy slipped between the bars of the balcony before falling 40 feet. The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service issued the following safety notice.

Deck and Balcony Safety

Decks and balconies pose several hazards — the most serious being that your child could slip through the railings and fall, or become wedged in the railings and suffocate. Fortunately, with supervision and a few simple steps, you should be able to prevent these accidents.

Example of safe spacing on deck railing

If the railings on your deck or balcony create any gaps that are wider than 4 inches, you'll need to make some modifications to stop your child from squeezing through and to “child proof” the area. There are a number of options on the market to do this --cover the railings with plastic garden fencing, shade cloth, a sheet of clear plastic, or rigid sheets of Plexiglas.

Get in the habit of keeping patio furniture away from the railings -- this should include potted plants or other climbable objects.

Be aware of furniture light enough for a child to drag to the balcony's edge. You don't want to give your child a chance to climb up and go over the edge. 

Consider adding latches to any doors or windows that lead out to your balcony or deck. These latches should be installed well out of your child's reach.

Ensure children are always SUPERVISED.

 

Spider Flower, Kentlands Photowalk, Photograph by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Spider Flower, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 5030
Photograph by Roy Kelley 
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

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Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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