At approximately noon, TVF&R firefighters responded to reports of a 3-year-old who fell from a second story window on SW Timber Crossing Lane in Sherwood. An off-duty firefighter, who was in the area at the time of the incident, responded to the emergency and began rendering medical aid to the injured child.
When firefighters from TVF&R’s Station 35 (King City) arrived at the scene at 12:06 pm, they took over advanced medical care. Life flight was activated and the boy was transported with serious injuries to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
TVF&R reminds citizens that “screens keep bugs out, but they cannot keep kids in”. Families are urged to take action today to prevent future window falls this summer.
What families can do today:
• Find out which of your windows may pose a fall risk
• Keep windows closed and locked when not in use
• Keep areas in front of windows clear of anything a child may climb
• Enforce a Kid Free Zone in front of all windows
• Check out the STOP at 4” Campaign website: www.stopat4.com
Next steps families can take:
• On windows that pose a fall risk, limit openings. STOP at 4” by installing child safety window stops that can be by-passed by an adult in an emergency.
• When buying new windows, research which manufacturers offer built-in child safety hardware
If a child falls:
• Call 911 and don’t to move the child
• Emergency responders are trained to properly stabilize and safely transport injured children
Video is courtesy of Sherwood resident Tommy Schroeder.