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As of Monday, June 2, 2014, the child who fell from a second story window of a Temecula Paseo Del Sol home on Rothenberg Drive remains in an area hospital and is listed in critical condition.
According to neighbors, the child was not a toddler as originally reported, but a child between ages of 4 and 6, who fell from the window, landed on a car, then fell to the concrete.
“We were told by a member of the family that the boy is in a medically induced coma at this time.” Stated John, a neighbor of the Rothenberg residents on Monday morning. The family is hopeful that the child will reach full recovery, and prayers are much appreciated.
Neighbors are rallying in support of the family, though the details of the fall remain under investigation. Meanwhile, the Riverside County Sheriffs processed the scene prepared for any outcome.
WINDOW RELATED SAFETY: How safe are your children?
This accident reminds parents, grandparents, and childcare givers that window safety — as well as fall-related safety — should be treated with the utmost importance. How much access to open windows is granted to inquisitive children, should be monitored. “There is no substitute for careful monitoring of children,” states the National Safety Council’s window safety guidelines. According to the Nationwide Children’s Center for Injury Research and Policy, “Every year, over 5,100 children younger than 18 years of age are treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for injuries related to falls from windows.”
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Program Manager for the National Safety Council, Amy Artuso Heinzen, had this to say about education and prevention of window-fall related accidents. “Tragic and often preventable window falls can happen in just seconds. When it comes to window safety, there is no substitute for the importance of adult supervision of children around windows to help keep them safe. However, there are simple steps that parents and caregivers can take to aide in preventing these tragedies with young children.”
Though research indicates most falls do not cause death, those that do usually occur from great heights or onto hard surfaces. “Falls from windows cause more severe injuries and deaths than any other type of fall.” States the NCCIRP web site. “Therefore, it is very important for parents to understand the risk of window falls and to take proper steps to help prevent them.”
The National Safety Council recently focused on the importance of practicing window safety in the home. “National Window Safety Week” was designed to heighten awareness on preventing unintentional window falls and the proper use of windows for emergency escape purposes.” Stated the National Safety Council Web site. “Falls from a window can result in serious injury or death and pose an especially dangerous threat for children.”
For more information, visit: http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/cirp-window-falls
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