Toddler Seriously Injured in Fall From Second-Floor Window

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This was not in Mountlake Terrace but it was within Snohomish County Fire District 1 which serves Mountlake Terrace as well. You can never have too many reminders so that something like this happening to your own family.

A toddler is at a Seattle hospital with serious injuries after falling from a second-floor window of a home near Martha Lake this morning.

Firefighters were called to the home in the 800 block of 149th Street SW east of Lynnwood at 9:28 a.m. The 22-month-old boy fell about 14 feet and landed on a concrete patio. He was transported by medics to Harborview Medical Center.

“There had been a screen on the window, but the child apparently pushed up against it. Screens are designed to keep bugs out, and can’t support the weight of even a small child,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1.

She said this is the second window fall involving a toddler that District 1 firefighters have responded to this summer. “We urge parents of young children to exercise caution when the weather is warm and windows are open,” Hynes said.

Fire District 1 offers these safety tips:

  • Adult supervision is key. Unattended children run the greatest risk of falls and injuries, so the best first step is to watch children as they play.
  • Do not depend on window screens to prevent children from falling. Screens can easily give way under a child’s weight.
  • Keep furniture that children can climb on away from windows.
  • Consider installing window guards. Be sure that these guards meet new federal standards for escape in the event of a fire. Window guards can be found at hardware stores and at Toys-R-Us and Babies-R-US.

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