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Date:7/8/2011

mize openings. Make sure windows on upper floors are closed or never open more than a few inches. As a rule of thumb, if children can fit their head through the open space, they can fall out.
  • Lock them up. Keep windows closed and locked when they are not being used.
  • "Bottom line, parents need to take extra precautions around windows and keep young children within arms' reach when windows are open," concluded Macy.

    The medical experts at Mott also noted that if a child does fall from a window, call 911 immediately. Never attempt to move a child who appears to be seriously injured, they added.

    More information

    The American Academy of Pediatrics provides more tips on window safety.

    -- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

    SOURCE: University of Michigan Health System, news release, June 22, 2011


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