British Columbia

Child falls out of Langley apartment window

The child was airlifted to B.C. Children's Hospital with undetermined injuries.

Child airlifted to B.C. Children's Hospital with undetermined injuries

A child fell out of an open apartment window in Langley, B.C. Wednesday afternoon at this Douglas Crescent apartment complex. (Shane MacKichan)

A child is in hospital after falling out of an upper storey apartment window in Langley, B.C., Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency crews were on scene just before 1 p.m. PT. at the building on Douglas Crescent.

Police confirmed the child was treated on scene and taken by air ambulance to BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver.

The extent of the child's injuries and the age and identity of the child are not confirmed.

The child was airlifted to B.C. Children's Hospital in Vancouver. (Shane MacKichan)

Safety tips to prevent falls

BC Children's Hospital has warned of the dangers of open windows and balconies for children, especially as the weather warms up.

Here are their safety tips to prevent falls from windows:

  • Don't underestimate a child's mobility; children begin climbing before they can walk.
  • Move household items away from windows to discourage children from climbing to peer out. Toddlers may use anything as a step stool to get higher.
  • Be aware that window screens will not prevent children from falling through — they keep bugs out, not children in.
  • Install window guards on windows above ground level. These act as a gate in front of the window.   
  • Or fasten windows, so they cannot open more than 10 centimetres wide. Children can fit through spaces as small as 12 centimetres wide. In either case, ensure there is a safe release option in case of a house fire.
  • Don't leave children unattended on balconies or decks. Move furniture or planters away from the edges as kids can climb up and over.
  • Talk to your children about the dangers of opening and playing near windows, particularly on upper floors of your home.