Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a child that fell from a third story window this evening. The 2 year old boy had apparently pushed open a window screen, fell from the window, and landed in the bark dust. Firefighters from Station 11 (Lents) accompanied the boy to O.H.S.U. with what appeared to be "non life threatening injuries".
Window fall injuries are predictable and preventable. Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and Portland Fire & Rescue encourage families to follow these safety tips and install window stops or guards on windows that pose a fall risk.
Keep windows locked and closed when not in use. Make sure that the hardware is properly attached. Only allow windows to open 4 INCHES. (Check out Stopat4.com<http://Stopat4.com> , a site dedicated to window safety awareness.)
"Never try to move a child who appears to be seriously injured after a fall", said Portland Fire & Rescue spokesperson Ron Rouse, "call 911 and let trained medical personnel move the child with proper precautions."
Hands-on practice and one-on-one education are available at The Safety Store and Resource Center at Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel (501 N. Graham Street, Portland , Or., 97227).
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