MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Landlords and apartment building owners in Montgomery County will soon have a new law to follow. The goal is to protect young children.

Beginning January 1 they must install window guards in units with children ages 10 and under.

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This is aimed at keeping those children from falling out of windows.

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The law is named in honor of two-year-old Ezechiel Nguemezi, who died last October when he fell out an apartment window in Takoma Park.

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According to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 15 to 20 children under the age of 11 die – and nearly 15-thousand are injured each year because of falls from windows.

CBS Baltimore Staff