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National Window Safety Week 2012

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Updated April 07, 2012

National Window Safety Week:

National Window Safety Week is observed by the National Safety Council during the first full week of April to help raise awareness that "falls from a window often result in serious injury or death and pose an especially dangerous threat for children."

National Window Safety Week 2012:

This year, National Window Safety Week is being observed during the week of April 1 to 7.

It follows a report last year by the American Academy of Pediatrics, "Pediatric Injuries Attributable to Falls From Windows in the United States in 1990 −2008," which found that from 1990 through 2008, an estimated 98,415 children were treated in US hospital emergency rooms for injuries attributable to a fall from a window, with an average of 5,180 children each year.

The study also found the window falls are most common during the months of April to September, with a peak during the summer months, which is why National Window Safety Week is in April.

“A tragic fall from a window can happen in seconds,” said Donna Stein-Harris, senior director of Safe Communities America for the National Safety Council. “When it comes to window safety, there is no substitute for the importance of adult supervision of children to help keep them safer.”

Remember to keep your windows closed and locked and install window guards with quick-release mechanisms (in case there is a fire) to keep your kids safe from window falls. Also be sure that you don't place furniture in front of windows so that your kids don't climb on them and risk falling out.

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