Boy, 4, survives fall from window onto concrete

By Patty Hastings and Paul Suarez

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A 4-year-old boy was in good condition Monday after accidentally falling out of a second-story window at his home, said Vancouver Police Cpl. James Burgara.

Vancouver Fire and American Medical Response were dispatched to 12405 N.E. 42nd St. at 4:39 p.m. A Vancouver police officer also responded.

Apparently, the boy had been trying to look out the window at his mom, who was in the backyard with the family's dogs. He leaned on the screen and the screen gave way. The boy landed on concrete and may have scraped against a wooden awning on the way down, Burgara said.

The boy was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, but apparently suffered only minor injuries.

Vancouver firefighters recommend families install protective window guards in second-story rooms to prevent children from falling out.

Most deaths resulting from window falls occur during spring and summer, according to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Kids who fall from windows are most likely to be boys, younger than 3 and unsupervised.

The child's name was not released.