PORTLAND, Ore. – A five-year-old boy fell from the second story of a Portland home on Friday afternoon and landed on concrete below.
A LifeFlight helicopter landed in a nearby cul-de-sac to bring the child to the hospital, a Portland Fire and Rescue spokesman said.
The fall happened at a house on Ash Court off of Skyline Blvd.
Neighbors said the child fell from a window above the front door. Firefighters said the boy was playing when he apparently managed to open a window.
Firefighters decided to call in a helicopter instead of trying to battle Friday afternoon traffic in an ambulance.
"I came home from work, our road was shut off and everything," said neighbor Eugene Rakhlin. "I stood on my back deck and watched the chopper land here. It's something else. I've heard about things like this happening on the news recently but I never really thought it'd happen in our neighborhood."
The child is in critical condition with significant head injuries, according to Portland Fire and Rescue.
This is the fourth case of a child falling through a window this week alone. On Wednesday afternoon, two children at different homes in Clackamas County fell through windows with screens.
On Monday night, a 4-year-old boy was injured when he fell from the second floor onto concrete below.
These falls are preventable, according to safety experts.
Legacy Health has a website with tips to keep your kids safe. They offer the following tips:
- Keep play away from windows.
- Only allow windows to open 4 inches, and install window stops and/or window guards that can be removed by an adult in an emergency.
- Lock windows when not in use.
- Open windows from the top and use a window stop for the bottom.
- Prevent climbing. Keep furniture and anything a child can climb on away from windows.
- Actively watch children near windows.
"We tend to see an influx of these types of incidents every year in the spring time. They mostly occur in children from two to six with the younger ones falling from a bed and the older ones usually climbing onto something near the window," said Lt. Justin de Ruyter with Portland Fire and Rescue. "Most of these can be easily prevented by installing some simple hardware to keep the windows from opening fully."