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Student that Fell Off Balcony Identified.

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Student that Fell Off Balcony Identified.

Authorities in Destin, Florida have identified a Forest Hills Eastern High School student as the victim of a tragic incident that occurred during spring break. The 17-year-old boy, Anthony Holman, fell from a fourth-floor balcony at a condo on Gulf Shore Drive and was pronounced dead on the scene. According to investigators, alcohol is believed to have played a role in the incident. Principal Amy Pallo expressed her condolences to the school community and urged everyone to keep Anthony’s family in their thoughts and prayers. A GoFundMe page has been created to assist with funeral costs.

BALCONY TYPE ACCIDENTS

Accidents on balconies can occur due to various reasons such as leaning too far over the railing, climbing over the railing, or standing on furniture placed on the balcony. Alcohol consumption can also impair judgment and contribute to balcony-related accidents. It is important to exercise caution when on a balcony, to avoid engaging in risky behavior, and to adhere to any safety guidelines or precautions provided by the building or property management.

Loose railing accidents on balconies and stairways can be very dangerous and even fatal. Loose or wobbly railings can give way and cause someone to fall, resulting in serious injury or death. These accidents can occur due to wear and tear over time, poor maintenance, or improper installation. It is important to regularly inspect railings on balconies and stairways to ensure they are secure and in good condition. If any issues are found, they should be promptly addressed and repaired by a qualified professional. Additionally, it is important to exercise caution and avoid leaning on or applying too much pressure to railings that appear to be loose or unstable.

HOW TO FALL TO REDUCE INJURY

If you are falling, it is important to try to remain calm and remember the following:

  1. Try to protect your head: If possible, tuck in your chin and bring your arms up to protect your head.
  2. Aim for a safe landing: Look for any nearby objects that may cushion your fall, such as bushes, snowdrifts, or soft ground.
  3. Try to land feet first: If you are falling from a height, try to land on your feet to help absorb the impact. Bend your knees as you land to help distribute the force of the impact throughout your body.
  4. Roll if necessary: If you are falling from a significant height or at a high speed, rolling as you land can help distribute the impact and reduce the risk of injury.
  5. Seek medical attention: Even if you feel fine after a fall, it is important to seek medical attention to ensure that you have not sustained any internal injuries.

Remember that prevention is the best course of action. Always exercise caution and follow safety guidelines when engaging in activities that involve heights, such as climbing, hiking, or working on a ladder.

COMMON INJURIES FROM FALLING

Falling injuries can vary in severity, depending on the height of the fall and the circumstances of the incident. Some common falling injuries include:

  1. Fractures: Falls can result in broken bones, especially in the wrists, arms, ankles, and hips.
  2. Head injuries: Falls can cause head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which can be life-threatening.
  3. Spinal cord injuries: Falls can also result in spinal cord injuries, which can cause permanent paralysis or loss of function.
  4. Soft tissue injuries: Falls can cause bruises, cuts, and sprains, which can be painful and limit mobility.
  5. Internal injuries: Falls can cause internal injuries, such as organ damage or internal bleeding, which can be life-threatening.

It is important to seek medical attention immediately following a fall, even if you feel fine, as some injuries may not be immediately apparent. Prevention is key to avoiding falling injuries. Always take precautions when engaging in activities that involve heights, wear proper safety gear, and be mindful of your surroundings to avoid slipping, tripping, or falling.

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