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Fire officials advise parents to make 'child's perspective' safety check

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Portland Fire and Rescue officials parents install items like window guards to improve safety for their children. (KPTV) Portland Fire and Rescue officials parents install items like window guards to improve safety for their children. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

For the second time in just a week, a child fell from a window Wednesday night.

Safety officials hope the incident serves as a reminder for parents with small children, especially as the weather warms up.

Screens in windows are great for keeping bugs out, but aren't strong enough to keep kids in, as a Tigard family Wednesday night when a 3-year-old boy fell through a window screen at his home.

Firefighters said the fall was only 10 feet, but the child landed on concrete and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Firefighters said see 40 to 50 window falls in Oregon every year, but that these falls are preventable.

They want parents to think like safety inspectors and do a walk-through of their home. They also want parents to loOK at things from their child's perspective, and consider what the child could reach from their height.

“In this small person safety inspection we want you to see just what hazards are available to a kid that size,” Lt. Rich Chatman with Portland Fire and Rescue explained. “They reach for everything and, as most parents know, they move fast. So you have to imagine, they're probably going to get exactly where you don't want them to go.”

When it comes to windows, Chatman said parents can easily install window guards, which allow kids to only open a window four inches.

These guards are inexpensive, and in an emergency, parents can easily remove them.

The fall in Tigard follows another incident Sunday, when a 4-year-old fell from a second-story window in Kelso. Thankfully that child is expected to be ok.

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