July 13, 2024 7:17 pm

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15th reported window fall this year in Snohomish County

EVERETT—On July 2, around 5:30 p.m., South County firefighters responded to another child window fall. A 5-year-old girl fell from a 2nd story window at a townhome in south Everett, onto grass below. The child appeared to have minor injuries and was transported her to Providence Regional Medical Center.

South County Fire is reminding everyone to be mindful of window safety; with warmer temperatures through the weekend, more people, including children, are more likely to be opening windows.

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“We are seeing more severe injuries than in previous years as many falls are happening in new construction, single-family homes or townhomes where the bedrooms are located on the third story,” said Shawneri Guzman, South County Fire Community Outreach Manager and coordinator for Safe Kids Snohomish County. 

Parents and caregivers of young children are urged to take precautions to prevent a window fall, including:

  • Use window stops or guards that keep windows from opening more than 4 inches.
  • Move furniture such as cribs, desks, beds and tables away from windows.
  • Plant bushes and flower beds under windows to soften landing surfaces.
  • Do not rely on window screens to prevent falls.
  • Keep windows closed and locked when not in use.
  • Actively supervise children at all times, especially around open windows.

Child safety window stops can be purchased online and at most hardware stores. Window stops prevent a young child from opening a window but are easily removed in case of a fire.  Window stops are available free for families who cannot afford them, made possible by grant funding.  Visit https://www.southsnofire.org/PreventWindowFalls.

Safe Kids Snohomish County is a local coalition of Safe Kids Worldwide. Its mission is to eliminate accidental death and injury in children by coordinating with our local partners to provide education and resources.  South County Fire serves as the lead agency for this not-for-profit program.

SOURCE: South County Fire

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