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Paulding Sheriff reminds families of summer window safety
Paulding Sheriff reminds families of summer window safety

DALLAS, Ga. -- Now that the weather is getting warmer, people are more inclined to leave their windows open during the day.

Unfortunately, this simple summertime gesture can often have devastating consequences.

The Paulding County Sheriff's Office has recently experienced a number of reports of toddlers falling out of windows. So far, there have been no fatalities, but some of the children experienced very serious injuries.

Many parents assume that window screens will prevent falls, but one case involved a toddler who pushed a screen out before falling.

Falls from windows result in an average of about eight deaths yearly to children ages five and younger, while an additional 3,300 children are treated in emergency rooms, according to the Consumer Product Safety Committee (CPSC). On average, about 34 percent of children need to be hospitalized after falling from a window.

To help prevent injuries and tragedies, CPSC recommends some safety tips:

* Safeguard children by using window rails and window stops

* Never depend on screens to prevent children from falling

* Open windows from the top instead of the bottom, if possible

* Keep furniture away from windows to discourage children from climbing on it

* Also, cut cords on blinds to prevent strangulation

* Install safety films on windows to reduce lacerations if they are broken

The Paulding County Sheriff's Office wants to ensure every Paulding County child's safety and asks parents to take a few minutes to properly safeguard their homes.

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