The Danger of TV Tip-Overs
There are few things cuter than a baby learning to stand, an unsteady toddler trying to climb, or a fearless preschooler who still doesn’t quite understand balance. And while young children are learning to perfect their stride, we want to take extra steps to ensure their safety. Protecting kids from the potential risk of tip-overs by making sure furniture and TVs are secured is an important way to help keep them safe.
Between 2000 and 2010, on average, every three weeks a child dies from a TV tipping over. And nearly 13,000 more children are injured each year in the U.S. Top-heavy furniture, TVs and appliances can be unsteady, and if pulled or climbed on, they can tip over and seriously injure young children. Over the last ten years, injuries from TV tip-overs have risen by 31 percent. Young children are at greatest risk and seven out of ten children injured by TV tip-overs are 5 years old or younger. These tragedies are completely preventable with just a few simple precautions.
Much like childproofing with a toddler gate or electrical socket cover, TV mounts and furniture straps are important steps to keep your family safe. Remember, a curious, determined child can topple a TV. Children playing with friends or pets could knock a TV over, while other kids might be tempted to climb up to reach items placed on or near a TV, such as remote controls or candy.
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Safe Kids PA Endorses the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission New Federal Requirements for Cribs
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's new safety standards address the major design flaws that have killed or injured so many infants in recent years, including the so-called "drop-side." The new rules, released June 28, 2011, require manufacturers and retailers to meet new safer crib standards that include making crib hardware more durable and mattress supports stronger. The rules also require more rigorous testing of cribs by manufacturers.
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Generator Danger Warning
- CO from a generator is deadly and can kill you in minutes. One generator produces as much CO as hundreds of cars. It can kill consumers within minutes.
- NEVER use portable generators indoors or in garages, basements, or sheds. They should always be used outside well away from windows, doors, vents, or any other opening.
- Always have a working CO alarm in your house.
- Never burn charcoal grills indoors, even with ventilation. Charcoal also quickly produces deadly CO.
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Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission