Released on July 22, 2009 - 3:08pm
May 20

With the arrival of the warmer spring weather, City of Laurel Mayor Craig A. Moe and Police Chief Dave Crawford are warning families that opening their windows to let the fresh air in can be dangerous. This pleasant feeling can quickly turn tragic in households with young children. In recent weeks, several children have fallen from windows. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning parents and caregivers to take precautions to keep children from falling from windows.

"CPSC staff is aware of at least 18 falls from windows through media reports, including two deaths, involving small children since April," said CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. "We are issuing this warning so parents will take the necessary steps to prevent these incidents from happening."

Mayor Moe and Chief Crawford want all citizens to act now and make your home safe by following the safety tips issued by CPCS.

These deaths and injuries frequently occur when children push themselves against window screens or climb onto furniture located next to an open window. To help prevent injuries and tragedies, CPSC recommends the following safety tips:

* Safeguard your children by using window guards or window stops.

* Install window guards to prevent children from falling out of windows. (For windows on the 6th floor and below, install window guards that adults and older children can open easily in case of fire.)

* Install window stops so that windows open no more than 4 inches.

* Never depend on screens to keep children from falling out of windows.

* Whenever possible, open windows from the top -- not the bottom.

* Keep furniture away from windows, to discourage children from climbing near windows.

Mayor Moe wishes everyone a safe and pleasant summer and invites Laurel

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