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Herriman boy's second-story fall brings safety warning

Published June 21, 2012 1:53 pm

4-year-old • Tot in serious condition after 15-foot tumble.
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A 4-year-old boy was in serious condition Thursday, the day after he tumbled 15-feet from a second-floor window of his parents' home in Herriman.

Unified Fire Capt. Cliff Burningham said the tot fell about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The boy reportedly was talking to his dad, who was in the front yard, and when the child pushed against the window's screen it gave way.

The boy landed on his back on the cement driveway of the home, near 14300 S. Murdock Peak Drive (4800 West). A medical helicopter flew the child, who was crying and conscious at the time, to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City.

Burningham said the boy was expected to recover, but the incident should serve as a warning for parents and homeowners to consider extra precautions to protect young children near windows.

"A lot of homes these days have second-floor bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and the window sills end up being lower than what might be normal, and easier to access for little children," he said.

In addition to not putting climbable furniture near any windows, Burningham said homeowners might consider picking up window stops — which keep windows from being fully opened — or decorative wrought iron external window coverings at a home improvement store to protect young residents from potential falls.

"We've had three or four of these cases over the past couple years, one of them fatal," Burningham said. "We want to raise parents' awareness."