OLATHE, Kan. -- A three-year-old boy is recovering after falling from a third story window. Firefighters were called to the area of N. Somerset Terrace & Mur-Len Road around noon on Wednesday.
When they arrived they learned the child had fallen through a screen of an open window. The boy was taken to an area hospital as a precaution, but paramedics said the toddler was talking about Sponge Bob before he was transported. Battalion Chief Bill Parker said he was surprised the boy was relatively unharmed.
"The child could've died very easily," he said. "I've seen people fall shorter than that and died, so it's just amazing that he wasn't killed."
The boy was in a bedroom when he pushed on the screen and fell. Chief Parker said this type of incident isn't uncommon.
"This isn't the first time I've run a call like this," he said. "This has actually happened before in Olathe, so it happens."
Parker stresses this type of situation can be avoided.
"We remind parents to make sure you have your windows closed and locked if you have toddlers, and if you do have your windows open, use screen guards," he said.
Screen guards are inexpensive and can be quickly installed. They lock into your window frame, and if the window is open, your child can't push or fall through the screen. If that's not an option, he said there are a few things you can do that don't cost money. Keep the windows closed, locked and be aware of what you put under your window.
"If they can climb on furniture, they can lean up on a screen, they're going to go through it," he said.
If you don't have air conditioning and have to open your windows, you can install a window stop. It keeps the window from opening more than four inches and costs about $4.