What dangers are lurking in your home?
A six-year-old California girl was killed over the weekend when a television set toppled over on her.
The girl apparently either tried to turn on the 32-inch screen TV or reach for an object on the dresser where it was perched when the appliance and the dresser toppled over on her, police said.
Heavy television sets placed upon dressers or entertainment centers can be deadly for children 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 $6.95, and can be ordered here.
Even shorter dressers should be anchored. 2-year-old Charlie Horn was killed in 2007 when a 30-inch dresser toppled over on him. His parents had anchored his taller dresser in the room to the wall, but never dreamed the shorter dresser could pose a hazard. It did.
Are your TV and dresser child-proofed?