Child falls out apartment window, injured; safety tips

ST. GEORGE – A young child was injured Sunday when he fell out of an upper-level apartment window in St. George in the second local incident of this type in the past four months.

A 3-year-old little boy was playing in an upstairs window … an open window with a screen, leaned against the screen and it fell out, and he fell,” St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said.

The accident occurred Sunday at about 5 p.m. in the area of 260 N. Dixie Drive, Despain said. St. George Police Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the incident.

The child was seriously injured and was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center, Despain said.

“It’s my understanding that that child was Life-Flighted to Salt Lake City for treatment,” Despain said.

In February 2015, a 2-year-old child also fell from a window on the second level of an apartment on Valley View Drive in St. George.

Upper level windows with screens can be dangerous for small children.

“We’ve seen this before, from time to time, with upstairs windows with screens – with kids that lean against them,” Despain said. “Watch those kids in upper-story windows; they do fall out.”

Tuesday, Officer Lona Trombley said the Police Department has been informed that the child “was doing really well and should be home soon.”

“It happens a few times every year,” Trombley said, “and it’s really sad and scary.”

Window safety

According to the National Safety Council, falls from a window can result in serious injury or death and pose an especially dangerous threat for children. Every year, about eight children under age 5 die from falling out of a window, and more than 3,300 are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital.

The Window Safety Task Force offers these tips:

  • When young children are around, keep windows closed and locked.
  • When opening a window for ventilation, use those located out of a child’s reach: for example, the upper sash of a double hung window.
  • Avoid placing furniture near windows to prevent young children from climbing.
  • Don’t allow children to jump on beds or other furniture to help reduce potential falls.
  • Don’t rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall. Insect screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in the home.
  • Supervise children to keep child’s play away from windows, balconies or patio doors. Keep play in the center of a room, if possible.
  • Install safety-compliant devices designed to limit how far a window will open, or window guards with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire.
  • Teach your child how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency, such as a fire.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Resources

  • National Safety Council Window Safety Web page

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