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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.

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.

Are your TV and dresser child-proofed?

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9 comments so far | Post a comment now
rugbymom February 23, 2009, 5:16 PM

OMG, that breaks my heart. I read a similar article a couple years ago. We recently got rid of our Fat overweight TV and it is good to have it on a lower more stable entertainment center. The kids are not allowed to touch the TV or entertainment center. That is horrible that this happened. I cannot imagine what the parents are feeling right now.

Megan February 23, 2009, 7:10 PM

That’s a good wake-up call. We have a TV on our dresser and has fallen off in the past.

So sorry for the little girl’s family. How tragic.

Amber February 23, 2009, 7:25 PM

A tv fell on my youngest son. It was close to the floor thank god or it probably would have crushed him. We had the tv in our older son’s room on a kids entertainment center so it was only 5-7” off the floor. My youngest still pulled it down and got a huge bump on his head. The doctor actually congratulated us for having the tv so close to the floor because she hears all the time about tvs crushing babies. :(

RMX February 23, 2009, 8:26 PM

The flat front CRT TV sets are super prone to tipping forward…and very heavy.

John February 24, 2009, 4:05 AM

We’re all like 3 orders of magnitude more likely to die in a car crash, and you people are worried about tv topple?

Remind me, when did our country become insane?

Anonymous February 24, 2009, 4:56 PM

A good reason why you don’t need such a gigantic tv.

Natalie February 24, 2009, 6:58 PM

When my son was a year old, he climbed up his dresser which was not anchored to the wall. It fell on him, THANK GOD it was close enough to his crib, that it did not crush him. I was terrified. I went out and bought furniture anchors that same day.

Anne February 25, 2009, 10:17 PM

And in California, it doesn’t even have to be a climbing incident. In the 1994 earthquake, dozens of kids as well as older people were hit by falling TV sets. For pete’s sake, anchor them!

Fran April 12, 2010, 6:02 PM

Wow, John, you must not have kids. Jerk.

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