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Study shows falling televisions injuring more kids

Study shows falling televisions injuring more kids
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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A TV set is heavy. So is a dresser. You don't want them falling on your child.
 
And as we learned this week, it's happening more and more.
 
"We're talking about a piece of furniture or a television that's a hundred pounds coming down on a child who is 30 pounds. There have just been horrible tragedies, with fatalities and brain injuries," Scott Wolfson with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
 
In many cases, the child is reaching for a TV remote or a toy on top of a piece of furniture near the TV. So they grab the set or use the steps of the dresser drawer to climb up to get the object.
 
"And all of a sudden everything comes down onto the child," said Wolfson.
 
The key is to use the right furniture. A TV stand is best, but never use an unstable piece of furniture. And everything should be anchored.
 
"You want to anchor the furniture and you do want to anchor the TV. There are ways to anchor a TV to your wall or you can anchor the TV to the furniture as well," Wolfson added.
 
You can buy kits at the hardware store that make this real easy.
 
More Info:

Falling Televisions Injure Thousands of Children, Study Finds
CPSC: Tip-Over Information Center
UL: Ideas to tackle Tip-Overs

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