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Why injury? It's this simple: more children die from injuries every year than from the next three leading causes of death combined. Nobody knows this because no one is talking about it. In the U.S., one child dies every hour from an injury that could have been prevented. Around the world, a child dies every 30 seconds as the result of an injury. You don’t need to have a child to know that we can do better.

 

In the News: Furniture and TV Tip-overs

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If you’ve been paying attention to child safety in the past few years, you've seen the rising number of injuries from TV and furniture tip-overs become a hot topic. Just last week, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that it had confirmed the seventh child death caused by IKEA furniture tip-overs.

Although CSPC is specifically citing IKEA in this instance, furniture and TVs of all kinds can tip over. Children will use furniture to pull themselves up or will use drawers and shelves to climb. If TVs and furniture are not anchored, they may topple over, trapping or crushing a child underneath.

You can make your home safer, though, with these easy tips from CPSC’s Anchor It website:

Remove tempting objects: Remove items, such as toys and remote controls, from the top of dressers, TVs and other large furniture.

Anchor furniture: Anchor top-heavy furniture to the wall with inexpensive anti-tip devices such as brackets, braces and wall straps.

Secure your TV: Televisions that are not wall mounted should be anchored to the wall or stand using an anti-tip device.

Questions? Check out Anchor It for more information.

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