09/09/2011 09:43 EDT | Updated 11/09/2011 05:12 EST

Tumbling tots spark warning to Calgary parents about open windows

CALGARY - A physician in Calgary is urging parents to be vigilant after what he calls an alarming and unusual number of accidents in the city this summer involving children falling from windows.

Dr. David Chaulk, medical director and emergency room physician at Alberta Children's Hospital, says in the past five weeks 12 children have tumbled from a window.

Chaulk says none of the falls has been fatal, but some have resulted in broken bones and brain injuries.

He also says most of the accidents involved a fall from the second storey of a single-family home.

The doctor notes that in most years, three or four kids fall from windows in Calgary.

Chaulk says parents need to watch their children closely and eliminate their access to open windows, which he points out are an attraction during warm weather. (CHQR)