Paula Wolfson, wtop.com
WASHINGTON – Now that warmer weather has finally come to the Washington area, many are opening up windows and letting the breeze in for the first time this year. But anyone with small children around needs to kid-proof first.
Each year, 5,200 American kids fall out a window and land in an emergency room, according to the Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue. Children under the age of 5 are the ones most at risk, and fire officials say it’s not just families that live in apartment buildings.
The fire department says any home with a second-story window is a cause for concern.
Sunday marks the start of National Window Safety Week.
The Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue offers the following safety tips:
The fire department also points out that windows play a vital role in fire safety. They say never paint or nail a window shut, and any security bars should have a quick release device.
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