Firefighters Respond to Second-Story Window Fall Involving 3-year-old Boy
Shortly after 9:30 this evening, firefighters responded to the 12000 block of SW Kostel Lane in Tigard on a report of a 3-year-old boy falling from the second-story window of a single-family residence.
Crews arrived to find the boy had landed on a concrete sidewalk after pushing out a window screen on the side of the house. The fall was from the second floor; however, due to the steep incline of the terrain the window was approximately 10 feet from the ground.
Firefighter paramedics worked quickly to treat the boy and quickly transport him to OHSU as a trauma system entry. The patient’s status was critical upon arrival at OHSU. The family was home at the time of the accident.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, unintentional falls are the number one cause of non-fatal injury for children, and 38 percent of fall-related injuries in children are among kids 4 and under.
Each year, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responds to incidents involving children falling out of windows. Most of these incidents occur during the spring and summer months when windows are open due to warmer weather.
Firefighters encourage all families to remember that screens are meant to keep bugs out, not kids in and only allow window to open 4 inches by installing a window guard or stop.
To learn more about window fall prevention visit www.tvfr.com