PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It’s summer and that means more children tumbling out of upper-story windows. Portland Fire Bureau spokesman Lt. James Ziegler says so far this year nine children in Oregon have fallen from windows, including four in Portland. Ziegler says a 2-year-old boy who fell Sunday from a second-story window and fractured his skull is expected to survive without brain injury.
The Oregonian reports that about 4,000 children take such a tumble annually in the United States, with about 40 to 50 of them in Oregon.
Officials say window falls can be prevented with simple hardware and common sense.
On Monday, Ziegler and safety experts from the Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel talked about safety measures. They ranged from things as simple as a window sticker reminding people not to open windows more than 4 inches to items like window guards and window stops that can be bypassed by an adult in an emergency.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com