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Beaverton boy falls from second-story window

Bouncing on the bed Saturday morning went very wrong for a 4-year old Beaverton boy.

The child was playing with a sibling and accidentally launched himself through a bug screen and out a second-story window.

The townhouse had no air conditioning and the window was open to help deal with the hot weather.

Crews from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and Metro West responded to the home, stabilized the injured child and transported him to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

In the U.S., 4,000 children fall from windows every year with 70 percent falling from second- or third-story windows, according to TVF and R. More than 50 children per year in Oregon fall from windows.

Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal, unintentional injuries and emergency department visits for children younger than 15, the fire district reported.

Fire district officials offer these tips for preventing window falls:

  • Only allow windows to open 4 inches. Install a window stop to keep children from opening them further. Be sure an adult can open the window in an emergency.

  • If you open windows wider than 4 inches, install window guards with an emergency release device.

  • Remember, windows also serve as a secondary means of escape during an emergency. Make sure windows are still accessible and can open fully without special knowledge or tools.

  • Do not rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall. Screens are to keep bugs out, not kids in.

  • Keep windows locked and closed when not in use.

  • Keep furniture - or anything children can use to climb - away from windows.

  • Teach children to play a safe distance from windows and enforce this rule in your home. Talk to your kids about playing "two big steps" away from windows.

  • When buying new windows, ask for ones with built-in, 4-inch limiters.