Child flown to hospital after falling from second-story window in Draper

Posted at 7:37 PM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 23:09:10-04

DRAPER, Utah — A 5-year-old boy was flown to a hospital in serious condition Thursday night after he fell from a second-story window and landed on concrete.

Police at the scene said the boy was playing in a bedroom on the second story of a home when he pushed against the screen of an open window and fell to the driveway below.

The fall occurred at a home on Somerset Ridge in the area of 12600 South and 2000 East in Draper

Because he suffered head injuries and possibly internal injuries, the child was flown to Primary Children’s Hospital in serious condition.

Family members at the home did not wish to speak on camera, but they told FOX 13 News they’ve been told their son should make a full recovery.

The National Safety Council offers several tips for preventing falls from windows among young children, see below for the bullet points and click here for more details and tips on window safety.

  • Remember, there is no substitute for adult supervision when it comes to window safety; keep an eye on children and keep their play safely away from windows
  • Keep windows closed and locked when children are present
  • When opening windows for ventilation, make sure children can’t reach them
  • For a double-hung window on an upper floor of the home, open the top sash nearest the ceiling for ventilation while keeping the bottom sash closed
  • Don’t rely on insect screens to prevent a fall; they are not designed to withstand the weight of a person
  • Keep furniture away from windows as they could tempt a curious child to climb and potentially fall
  • Don’t allow children to jump on beds or other furniture, which could lead to a fall
  • If there are young children in the home, install ASTM-approved limited-opening hardware, which only allows a window to open a few inches