Child Safety

Toddler Saved By Discarded Box Spring

There’s an old saying that has been around for years, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” However, a discarded piece of trash in Delaware saved the life of a toddler early Tuesday evening. The two year-old, who remains unidentified, plummeted from an open third-story window at around 6:30 p.m. Incredibly, the child landed safely on top of a discarded box spring that was in the back of the house.

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The child was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The child is currently in stable condition. While no charges were currently being filed, the accident remains under investigation.

The incident comes a week after a Michigan teen heroically caught a child who fell from a third story apartment window. offers a few tips to help parents keep their kids safe around windows.

  • Properly install window guards to prevent unintentional window falls. For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire.
  • Install window guards that adults and older children can easily open in case of emergency. Include this in your family’s fire escape plan and practice it regularly.
  • Install window stops so that windows open no more than four inches.
  • If you have windows that can open from both top and bottom, make a habit of opening just the top to prevent accidental falls. Keep in mind that as kids grow, they may have enough strength, dexterity and curiosity to open the bottom.
  • Keep windows locked and closed when they are not being used.
  • For your crawlers and climbers, move chairs, cribs and other furniture away from windows to help prevent window falls.
  • Never move a child who appears to be seriously injured after a fall — call 911 and let trained medical personnel move the child with proper precautions.


About the author


Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom who spends her days chasing around the never-ending ball of energy that is her son. By night you can find her at her computer, drafting up her next great blog post about parenting with chronic illnesses. She is also an avid photographer and jewelry artisan.

She is the founder of the Fibromyalgia support website,, where Fibromyalgia patients can go to gain support, learn how to advocate for themselves, and spread awareness of this still relatively unheard of condition.

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