Consumer Product Safety Commission: Parents and Caregivers Should Learn More about Tipping Hazards

Consumer Product Safety Commission: Parents and Caregivers Should Learn More about Tipping Hazards (Image 1)

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants parents and caregivers to memorize these two words: Anchor It!  It has a  new website with videos and advice on what to do to secure your home or daycare center.

The agency recently released its largest safety campaign aimed at preventing tipping incidents responsible for the deaths of children, especially those under five, every year.  It has a special website which offers videos and prevention advice.

Data from CPSC says:

** Every 24 minutes, a child in the U.S. goes to the emergency room due to a tip-over incident involving furniture or a TV .A child dies every two weeks in the U.S. when a television, piece of furniture or appliance falls on them.

** 38,000 Americans go to emergency rooms each year with injuries related to tip-overs of top-heavy furniture or televisions placed on furniture, instead of a TV stand. 

**  Two-thirds of those injuries involved children younger than 5.
 
** Between 2000 and 2013, 84 percent of the 430 deaths reported to CPSC involved children younger than 10.

** The CPSC says a recent report found that a television tipping over from an average size dresser falls with thousands of pounds of force. It said the impact of a falling TV is like being caught between two NFL linemen colliding at full-speed-10 times.

CPSC is urging parents to make sure that heavy object are secured by a strap which is ten attached securely to the wall with hooks.  Other tips:

** Buy and install low-cost anchoring devices to prevent TVs, dressers, bookcases or other furniture from tipping.
** Avoid leaving items, such as remote controls and toys, in places where kids might be tempted to climb up to reach for them.
** Store heavier items on lower shelves or in lower drawers.
** Place TVs on a sturdy, low base and push them as far back as possible, particularly if anchoring is not possible.
** If purchasing a new TV, consider recycling older ones not currently used. If moving the older TV to another room, be sure it is anchored properly to the wall.

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