WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue officials are reminding people to watch their children near screened windows ahead of National Window Safety Week.
National Window Safety Week is April 7 through April 11. The fire department and other organizations are urging people to reduce unintentional injuries among children. According to department, more than 5,000 children on average are injured by falls from windows each year in the U.S. A study conducted from 1990 to 2008 estimated that 98,415 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries caused by falls from windows. Most of those children are under the age of five.
The fire department adds that 70 percent of window fall-related deaths occur during the spring and summer months.
The department offers the following safety tips:
- Keep children away from open windows
- Install window guards or window stop devices that prevent windows from opening more than four inches
- Keep objects that can be climbed away from windows
- Do not place toys and other inviting objects for children on window sills
- Check to make sure porch and balcony railings are spaced four inches apart or less
- Provide adult supervision for children around open windows or in risky environments