Toddler, 2, takes two-story diveBy Dana Yates
A 2-year-old girl is at San Francisco General Hospital after falling from a second-story window in San Bruno yesterday afternoon.
San Bruno firefighters and police responded to the scene on Shelter Creek Lane at approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The girl was "semi-conscious" when firefighters arrived on scene and was rushed to San Francisco's trauma center, said San Bruno Fire Capt. Charlie Barringer.
"We're not sure what her medical condition is right now. She was taken to SF General and is being evaluated," Barringer said last night.
The girl was inside a Shelter Creek apartment when she somehow climbed up to an open window. She likely pushed her weight against the screen and fell to the ground two stories below, Barringer said.
Family members found her on the ground and moved her to a nearby parking garage by the time fire Engine 52 arrived on scene, Barringer said.
As with any similar fall, there is a possibility for head injury, Barringer said.
In April, an 18-month-old boy suffered critical injuries after falling from a second-story window in San Mateo. While rare, such accidents are more likely to happen with warmer weather and open windows.
Barringer suggests keeping windows closed when possible if a young child is around. However, the most important advice is to keep an eye on fast-moving toddlers, Barringer said.
"People need to be reminded to keep an eye on where they are all the time. Be aware, it is really important," Barringer said.
Copyright ©2008 San Mateo Daily Journal. Published 08/01/2008.