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News Release
Child falls from window, transported to hospital - 05/14/21

Kelso, WA- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a two-year-old girl who fell out of a second-story window Friday afternoon at 3:47 at the Country Run apartments on Solomon Rd.  The girl was jumping on the bed and fell through the screen door window landing on a glass outdoor table on the first-floor patio shattering the table.  The child was transported by paramedics to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center.  The identity or injuries to the child were not reported by authorities. 

 

In recent years, an average of 5000 children fall out of windows each year, according to the National Association for Child Window Safety.  According to a study by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, children fall from apartment windows five times more often than other types of homes.  Best practices for reducing child injuries from window falls are:

 

  • Keep furniture away from windows if possible
  • Keep windows closed in children’s rooms
  • Talk to older kids about the dangers of heights and open windows
  • Install window stops preventing the window from opening all the way
  • Install child safety screens that require more pressure to open