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One child dies every two weeks when a TV (70%), dresser (20%) or appliance (4%) falls on top of them. This is from new report released December 13, 2012, by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), reveals some shocking statistics related to the child death rate cause by home furniture “tip-over” accidents. Furniture tip over accidents are on the rise with a 31% increase in the number of injuries over the last ten years. It is so important, especially at this time of year when people purchase new TV’s, that you take the necessary precautions to keep your children safe.
Here are some tips to keep kids safe in the family and living areas of your home:
- Anchor large dressers and television stands to the wall or floor. Children climbing onto these items account for 36% of the deaths. Furniture wall straps can be purchased for under $10.
- Place TV’s on low, sturdy stands that are designed to hold the weight of a TV, and keep the TV pushed as far back as possible.
- Do not store remotes, candy or other items that would be desirable for young children on top of TV stands and dressers.
- Keep TV’s out of the bedrooms of young children. The study showed that 45% of tip over related deaths occurred in a bedroom.
- Secure TV and cable cords out of the reach of children.
- Consider mounting your flat screen TV to the wall. The weight of a flat screen can be underestimated, and they tend to be top heavy because of the narrower base. If you choose not to mount the television to the wall, you can also purchase straps to secure them to the entertainment stand.
—Erica Surman, RN, BSN, Pediatric Trauma Program Manager, Beaumont Health System