This Saturday, November 13, a little boy fell from the sixteenth floor of a high-rise apartment building, located in the Bréquigny district in Rennes. Rescuers tried to resuscitate him, to no avail. An investigation has been opened.
The drama took place around 3 p.m., this Saturday, November 13, in the district of Bréquigny in Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine). A little boy who was going to celebrate his two years in December, is fallen from the sixteenth floor of the family apartment. It is a neighbor, living in this large building, who discovered the body of the child lying on the ground, in front of the entrance door of the tower. “He had just fallen from the 16th floor. I knew his family by sight. It’s horrible.”, he confided, still in shock, to our colleagues from West France.
Quickly, the fire brigade, the Samu 35 and the police arrived on the spot. The rescuers immediately brought the first aid measures to the child, while firefighters and police secured the perimeter and installed a blank canvas to protect the victim. The minutes passed and despite the efforts of the emergency doctors, the boy’s heart did not go back. He succumbed to his injuries, a doctor declared him dead.
The privileged accidental track
Until now, it is still unclear how such a young child could have made such a fall, from almost 50 meters high. At the time of the facts, according to Ouest France, the toddler was quietly in his room, alone. His mother and sister were also present, but in another room of the apartment. To determine the circumstances of the tragedy, an investigation was opened and entrusted to the departmental security services of the Rennes police station. According to the regional newspaper, the accidental track was favored on Saturday late afternoon. As for the child’s family, they were taken care of by the emergency services, upset by this tragic event.
Unfortunately, this type of accident is not an isolated case. Last September, another 2 and a half year old child fell from a window on the second floor of a building, located in Le Havre in Normandy. According to the French Federation of Rescue and First Aid (FFSS), every year 1,700,000 accidents are recorded in children aged 0 to 15. The interior of the house would even be the main place of accident for young children, aged between 0 and 4 years (more than 80%).
Actions to prevent domestic accidents
An accident quickly happened with a young child at home. To avoid any risk and protect your little one, several actions should be taken on a daily basis:
- Never leave a child alone in a room with an open window
- Do not place anything under or near a window that can serve as a step for the child
- Install block windows (it’s quick and easy to place)
- Install security barriers at the top and bottom of your stairs
- Do not leave plugged-in household appliances within reach of the child
- Check that the child cannot pull on a tablecloth on which there are liquids or chemical preparations, hot etc.
- Do not leave small objects and plastic bags within reach of the child (risk of suffocation)