Hillsboro toddler falls from window
Editor's Note: This story has been updated.
A 3-year-old child was injured in a fall from a second-story window in Hillsboro on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Hillsboro Fire Department.
Crews with Hillsboro Fire and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue were called to a home in the 100 block of Northwest 209th Avenue in Hillsboro at about 4 p.m., June 20, according to Kim Haughn, a spokeswoman with TVF&R.
The 3-year-old boy suffered a head injury after falling from a window, according to Hillsboro Fire spokesman Bruce Montgomery. Montgomery said the child landed on a concrete patio on the backside of the home.
The boy's injuries were serious and life threatening, Haughn said.
The child was taken by ambulance to Harvest Community Church, 21235 NW Quatama Road, where he was loaded into a LifeFlight helicopter and transported to a local hospital, Montgomery said.
With hot weather hitting the Portland area, Haughn said emergency responders expect to see an increase of calls of incidents involving children who have fallen out of windows.
"Firefighters encourage all families to remember that screens are meant to keep bugs out, not kids in," Haughn said. "Only allow windows to open four inches by installing a window guard or stop,"
Unintentional falls are the number one cause of non-fatal injury for children, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. About 38 percent of fall-related injuries in children are among kids 4 and younger.
Christopher Oertell contributed to this report.
This story was updated with additional information about the incident and the extent of the child's injuries.