With the school holidays well underway, West Midlands Ambulance Service is appealing for people to be vigilant with regards to the safety of children in the home, particularly falls from windows.

The appeal follows an incident in Newcastle, Staffordshire where a four year old boy suffered serious leg injuries after falling around 16ft from a first floor window, to the ground below.

 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "Every year we deal with several incidents where children have fallen from windows and suffered life changing injuries.

Whilst we appreciate that children cannot be watched every minute of every day, we would encourage parents to be extra vigilant during the school holidays and especially during warm weather to ensure that children cannot fall through open windows.

Appropriate window locks or guards should be used, along with furniture not being placed too close to windows, allowing children the opportunity to climb up.

Children are inquisitive, but unfortunately, the injuries they suffer when falling long distances to the ground can affect them for the rest of their lives.  Indeed, some of these incidents have proved to be fatal, which is the last thing we would want to happen at a time when children are supposed to be having fun on their break from school."

For more information on preventing childrens injuries in the home please visit the following website:


Missions completed since 1991: 49,869 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts up to three horse riders each week.