Surrey RCMP say a child was taken to hospital after falling out a townhouse window in Cloverdale Wednesday (June 29).
Const. Gurvinder Ghag said police were called to the 7000-block of 180 Street around 1 p.m. to help B.C. Emergency Health Services after the child fell. Ghag said police didn’t know the extent of the child’s injuries and didn’t have an update as of Thursday morning (June 30).
Surrey RCMP is once again reminding people about safety around open windows during the warm summer months.
“It’s a good reminder for anyone with even pets and small children to just make sure they’re not left unattended,” said Ghag.
She added there are safety railings and other products people can get to guard the windows, so a fall can be avoided.
“The screens are so light and flimsy.”
Meantime, BC Children’s Hospital says so far this year three children have already been treated at the hospital after falling from a window.
“Window falls, again, are a devastating problem and it just takes a moment to turn someone’s life upside down, both the child and the family,” explained Dr. Rob Baird of BC Children’s Hospital.
“It’s a preventable problem, so we’re asking everyone out there as the weather gets nice to sort of look at your environment and look to make it as safe as possible for your family.”
Last year, about 16 children aged 15 and younger were treated at the hospital’s emergency department. A release from the hospital notes the main type of injuries children sustain are “head injuries and fractures to shoulders and upper arms.”
“These injuries are often severe, and sometimes, fatal.”