SEATTLE -- A toddler suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries after falling from a third floor window Wednesday, said Seattle Fire Department officials.
Just before 11 a.m., Seattle police tweeted the 1 1/2-year-old girl fell out of the window at a residence in the 3800 block of S. Oregon Street. Fire officials said the girl fell 20 feet, hit an awning, then fell another 10 feet.
The little girl's brother said the toddler was playing with some other kids in the apartment when one of the children unlocked the window. A screen on the window appeared to have popped out and the little girl fell.
Her brother said the child was crying, bleeding from her head and may have lost a tooth when firefighters arrived at the scene. She was transported to Harborview Medical Center.
The girl's brother said their mother would have usually stopped the toddler from falling, but she was in the bathroom at the time. Seattle police were investigating, but it appears the incident was an accident.
UW Medicine says every year, 30 to 50 children are treated at Harborview Medical Center for injuries caused by falls from windows.
They say window screens do not keep children from falling. They are designed to pop out for fire safety and can be pushed out by the weight of a toddler.
Seattle Children's Hospital offers the following tips:
- Move furniture away from windows.
- Install window guards or stops on windows. Kids can fall from windows open as little as five inches.
- Don’t rely on window screens – screens keep bugs out, but they don’t keep kids in.
- If you don’t have window guards or stops, keep windows latched.
- Watch young children closely.