Boy in critical condition after 25-foot fall at Everett home

He wasn’t the first child to fall from a building this summer. Experts urge safety precautions.

EVERETT — A boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition late Monday morning after falling out of a window in his south Everett home.

The boy, who is believed to be 5, fell 25 feet onto concrete in the Cascade View neighborhood off Everett Mall Way, Assistant Fire Marshall Steve Goforth said. He was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.

As temperatures rise, so does the risk of falling from an open window.

In one morning in mid-June, two young Everett area boys fell out of open windows and were hurt.

The first boy, 3, pushed against a window screen and fell three stories at an apartment complex in the 12100 block of Highway 99, according to South Snohomish County Fire. He landed in landscape bark and was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.

Another boy reportedly fell out of a second-floor window at an apartment complex in the 800 block of 124th Street SW. He landed on a wood deck and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid-70s into Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

In 2017, there were at least 21 reports of window falls in the county, according to a state Department of Health report.

There were fewer than 10 falls from 2016 to 2017 that resulted in hospitalizations.

On a national scale, about 12 children ages 10 and younger die annually falling from windows. Another 4,000 children ages 10 and younger require treatment each year for window fall-related injuries, according to Stanford Children’s Health.

Local safety experts recommend adult supervision, keeping furniture away from windows, not relying on window screens as a barrier to children and installing window guards. They also suggest closing and locking windows when they aren’t needed.

Joseph Thompson: 425-339-3430; jthompson@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @byjoeythompson.

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