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The Safety Tip That Could Save Your Child’s Life

13-month old Shaun Brown was playing in his family’s apartment in Roseland, Illinois early last month when he “tagged” the television set.  According to the Chicago Tribune, the TV set was perched on a narrow stand meant to hold a fish tank.  The television set, which weighed more than 100 pounds, came crashing down on him.  Sadly, the toddler died.

He is the fourth child under the age of 7 to die in the Chicago, Illinois area since October 2011 after a television toppled over.

It happens more often than you can imagine.  “Every two weeks a child dies when a television or piece of furniture falls on him,” according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  These deaths are tragic and preventable.

Dr. Gary Smith is with the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

“Unfortunately, we live in a world designed by adults for the convenience of adults. Child safety is an afterthought,” Dr. Smith said.  He recently led a twitter chat on #TVSafety.

Among his tweets:

  •  All TVs, not just large tubes should be anchored or strapped to the wall.
  • Keep appliance cords tucked away so kids don’t pull the items down onto themselves.
  • Don’t encourage kids to climb on furniture remove attractive items placed on TVs and furniture above their reach
  • Don’t forget about homes where your child spends time: sitter, grandparents, friends, help them secure furniture &TVs
  • Safety straps are available that DO NOT require drilling holes in furniture & can secure items up to 100 lbs.

Additional tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • Make sure that your furniture is stable
  • Install an anchor on all entertainment units, TV stands, bookcases, shelving and dressers. Attach    the anchor to the wall or floor
  • Place televisions on sturdy furniture appropriate for the size of the TV or on  a low-rise base
  •  Push the TV as far back as possible from the front of its stand

 The Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Consumer Product Safety Commission both offer excellent additional resources for parents.






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