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St. Helens boy hospitalized after falling 16 feet from window

A 2-year-old St. Helens boy was taken to a nearby hospital last Thursday evening, May 4, after he fell an estimated 16 feet from an open window. SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Columbia River Fire and Rescue responded to a home in St. Helens where a boy fell from a window last Thursday.

A neighbor witnessed the toddler falling from a window in a home around 5:45 p.m. on Shore Drive in St. Helens, according to Columbia River Fire and Rescue.

The neighbor immediately approached the boy, and CRFR emergency crews found the boy conscious and alert in his father's arms when they arrived.

The child was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to a CRFR news release.

Two firefighter/paramedics responded to the scene in one ambulance.

"The warm sunny spring weather on Thursday allowed people to open their windows for fresh air," the news release states. "Spring is the most dangerous season for window falls, where children are most at risk ... Prevent their fall and serious injury or death from the window by using stops or guards that allow the window to be partially open."

Stopat4.com, a window safety advocacy site, recommends limiting window openings to no more than four inches, to prevent children from falling through.

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