This past week, a toddler girl fell from a fourth-story apartment window in South Minneapolis. She's doing better, but is still in critical condition, according to this Star Tribune story.
An issue in this story is the conflict between fire-safety codes (bigger, easy-to-open windows are better) and commonsense child-safety principles (hard-to-open, not-so-big-that-they're-close-to-the-floor windows are better). As far as I know, there aren't any requirements that upper-story windows should be difficult for children to open. It seems that the fire-safety code wins this particular conflict. [snip] Read MoreAs someone who was formerly employed in city government, without taking a position on what is the proper size and location of a window in a home, I do know that the minimum size of a window is somewhat determined by not how much space is needed for the family to exit, but how much space a firefighter wearing an air pack device would need to enter that room.