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UPDATE: 6-year-old hospitalised after second-storey fall

LONG FALL: Paramedics were called to the scene just before midday.
LONG FALL: Paramedics were called to the scene just before midday. Trevor Veale

2pm: THE CENTRAL Queensland Hospital and Health Service has confirmed the 6-year-old boy remains in a stable condition at Gladstone Base Hospital.

12.55pm: A 6-YEAR-OLD boy has been hospitalised after falling out of a second-storey window at a West Gladstone home.

Paramedics attended the scene after receiving a call for a long fall just before midday.

The boy was in a stable condition as he was transported to Gladstone Base Hospital.

The extent of his injuries are not yet known.

Updates to follow.

 

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Preventing falls from windows and balconies

Accidental falls account for 46% of injury hospitalisations for children aged between 5 and 14, according to a 2012 study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

They account for 42% of injury hospitalistions for children aged between 0 and 4, making it the leading cause of hospitalisation for both age brackets.

To prevent children falling from windows, The Children's Hospital at Westmead recommends:

  • All windows above the ground floor to be opened no more than 12.5cm
  • All windows have locks or latches fitted to stop those windows opening further
  • Beds and other furniture are kept away from windows so children cannot climb up to them
  • Parents do not rely on flyscreens to prevent a child from falling out of a window.

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