A 3-year-old girl is recovering after falling out of a third-story window at her Happy Valley apartment complex.
It happened Wednesday morning at the Mt. Scott Commons Apartments on Southeast Stevens Road.
The girl came to a rest just outside Darcee Martin’s front window.
“[My son] was playing his game, gaming, and he ran into my bedroom and said 'Mom, mom, a child fell out of a third story window' and it’s like oh my god, so I just called 911,” Martin told FOX 12.
She said she rushed outside, and so did the girl’s mother.
“Her mom was just running up and [the girl] was on the ground crying, not bawling,” Martin added. “She was doing pretty good, considering.”
Firefighters with Clackamas Fire District 1 said the girl was very fortunate.
She landed on hard dirt and rocks, but neighbors said she was talking and moving as she was being loaded into an ambulance.
Firefighters said she was taken to OHSU to be checked out, but is expected to be okay.
It’s the kind of fall Jan Berichon works to prevent.
“With a child, when they’re trying to look at something, they just want a better look, so they either get both hands on the screen or they get their head on the screen, and that little pop is enough to jolt them forward,” Berichon said.
Berichon is the Health Educator at Randall Children’s Hospital, and she works with families to make sure their windows are safe.
All it takes is around $8 dollars to get a window stop that prevents a window from opening more than four inches.
“So if I unlock my window and push it up, that’s going to stop the kid from pushing it farther than that,” she demonstrated.
But to get a good breeze, especially with the hot weather in the forecast this week, she knows many families will want to open their windows as much as possible and still be safe.
That’s where she recommends window guards.
They are more expensive, around $45 dollars, but they are removable bars that are installed across the window, allowing you to fully open it and still ensure your child can’t fall out.
A simple step of prevention that can literally save a life.
“I think people ought to have their windows secured,” Martin added. “Even on the bottom floor for little ones, you never know.”
To get window stops or guards, visit the Safety Center inside Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
For hours and information, call 503-413-4600 or visit www.legacyhealth.org/safetycenter.
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