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One Mom's tragedy made us stop and take action.


The tragedy: A six-year-old boy died after a large television set fell on top of him, reports ABC-7. The coroner said that the boy was climbing up and reaching for ice skates on top of the TV.

Take action: Heavy television sets placed upon dressers or entertainment centers can be deadly for tots if they topple over. The Consumer Product Safety Commission received reports of 36 TV tip-over-related deaths and 65 furniture tip-over deaths from 2000 to 2005. More than 80% of all these deaths involved young children. Anchor all entertainment units, TV stands, bookcases, shelving and bureaus to the wall using appropriate hardware, such as brackets, screws, or toggles. The Anti-Tip Furniture Strap 2-Pack is $3.95, and can be ordered here. Then, anchor the TV to the dresser with these Safety Straps, which run $14.95. To check out the CPSC safety tips for preventing TV and furniture tipover deaths, click here.

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2 comments so far | Post a comment now
Lynne January 22, 2008, 11:49 AM

Another story where parents are blaming the product. Parents need to assume some of the responsibility of watching their children. Who would put iceskates on top of a TV anyway? IMO they are at fault.

Kristy January 22, 2008, 11:56 PM

well if they would have had this $20 product combo (or $18.90) their son might be alive right now. Isn’t your kid’s life worth $20? I don’t think the parents are blaming the product. But this is just an unfortunate reminder to us all that we need to child-proof every little thing in the house, even when kids are 6 and up. I for one am ordering these right now for every bureau and TV in my house.

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