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A six-year-old girl has been taken to hospital after falling out of a second-storey window onto concrete.

CareFlight’s rapid response helicopter headed out to the Beecroft scene in Sydney’s northwest around 7pm on Thursday, reports 7 news.

It’s believed the child accidentally broke through a fly-screen barrier and fell around four metres to the ground.

A doctor and intensive care paramedic assessed the girl at the Grave Avenue scene, and luckily it appears she has avoided serious injury.

The girl was taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital in a stable condition.

NSW Health says falls are the most common cause of injuries in children. Over 8,000 children are admitted to NSW hospitals each year due to a fall.

Children can fall out of a window which is open more than 12.5cm, even if a flyscreen is fitted.

To prevent children falling from your windows, it is recommended that

• where possible, all windows, especially bedroom windows: – are not opened more than 12.5cm when located above the ground floor. – have window latches/locks fitted to stop windows opening more than 12.5cm or guards to protect the opening.

• beds and other furniture are kept away from windows, so that children cannot use them to climb up to the windows.

• you do not rely on flyscreens to prevent a child falling out of a window.

• children are taught to play away from windows.

• children are always supervised.

We hope she makes a full recovery.

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  • Some flyscreen materials are pretty flimsy, so much so that some you could break using your fingernails. It sounds like they may be the screens that you barely touch and they will come off.
    There should be Australian Safety Standards for these. At a SA Police Lecture we were told that windows should n’t be open further than 10cm, not only for child safety but also for security reasons.

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  • I hope that she will recover well.

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  • Oh my God. I was wondering how this could have happened. Thank God she’s not seriously hurt.

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  • Great to hear that she wasn’t more seriously hurt. Hope she makes a speedy recovery. So glad our house is on ground level.

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  • How scary !! glad she’s ok !
    My 6 yr old was fiddling about with the fly-screen. Maybe I should ask the home owner if we can get latches // locks fitted.

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  • How awful! I hope the parents fix things so there’s no access to this got screen again, or it’s secured properly so it doesn’t break or fall out

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  • Not again!!!! When is it going to be illegal to not have proper protection on high level windows. We protect our kids from getting injured in backyard pools but the rate of injuries from falling out of windows is increasing.

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  • poor little Mite, speedy recovery to her

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