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  5000 children fall out of windows each year   A cat was forced to jump out a window during an apartment fire  


Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Saturday May 15, 2021 - 5:18 AM
 
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KELSO, WA- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a two-year-old girl who fell out of a second-story window Friday afternoon at 3:47 at the Country Run apartments on Solomon Rd. The girl was jumping on the bed and fell through the screen door window landing on a glass outdoor table on the first-floor patio shattering the table. The child was transported by paramedics to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center. The identity or injuries to the child were not reported by authorities.

In recent years, an average of 5000 children fall out of windows each year, according to the National Association for Child Window Safety. According to a study by Cincinnati Children's Hospital, children fall from apartment windows five times more often than other types of homes. Best practices for reducing child injuries from window falls are:

  • Keep furniture away from windows if possible
  • Keep windows closed in children's rooms
  • Talk to older kids about the dangers of heights and open windows
  • Install window stops preventing the window from opening all the way
  • Install child safety screens that require more pressure to open

CAT JUMPS OUT WINDOW FROM BURNING BUILDING AND LIVES

We had no photo or video of the child so we thought you might want to see this incredible unrelated video we just had to include. Just goes to show you what they say about cats.

In Chicago, a cat was forced to jump out a window during an apartment fire, and survived the fall. It was all caught on the video above.

It's a black cat, cautiously sticking its head out of one of the broken windows. It takes stock of the distance below, tests the side of the building with its front paws briefly, and then jumps.

There was an audible gasp from onlookers as the cat fell. It misses the wall around the apartment building and lands on all four feet with a bounce on the grass. The cat then immediately ran off, perhaps not to have a human land on top.

Chicago firefighters had responded to a fire in in one unit of a multistory apartment building at 65th and Lowe in the Englewood area Thursday afternoon. It was struck out around 3:20 p.m. Fire officials said at that time firefighters were just looking to put out hot spots and prevent the fire from flaring up again or impacting more units.