Thursday, September 23, 2010

CPSC Urges Parents to Inspect & Secure TV's, Furniture & Appliance in Child

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September 23, 2010
Release #10-351
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media
Contact: (301) 504-7908

On average, one child dies every two weeks due to

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Many parents and caregivers may not be aware that one of
the top hidden hazards in the homes where young children live or visit is
unsecured and unstable TVs, furniture and appliances. Today, the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging families to take a moment to inspect
and secure these items to prevent any more tragedies.

Between 2000 and 2008, CPSC staff received reports of nearly 200 tipover
related deaths involving children eight years old and younger. Nearly all of
these fatalities (93%) involved children five years old and younger.

More than 16,000 children five years old and younger were treated in
emergency rooms because of injuries associated with TVs, furniture, and
appliance tipovers according to CPSC staff’s most recent estimates from

“Large TVs and unstable furniture can be a deadly combination. Taking simple,
low-cost steps to secure furniture and TVs can save lives,” said CPSC Chairman
Inez Tenenbaum. “Parents need to know about this hidden danger and take action

Typically, injuries and deaths occur when children climb onto, fall against
or pull themselves up on television stands, shelves, bookcases, dressers, desks,
chests and appliances. In some cases, televisions placed on top of furniture
will tip over and cause a child to suffer traumatic and sometimes fatal

To help prevent tip-over hazards, the CPSC offers the following safety
  • Furniture should be stable on its own. For added security, anchor chests,
    dressers, TV stands, bookcases and entertainment units to the floor or attach
    them to a wall.
  • Place TVs on a sturdy, low-rise base. Avoid flimsy shelves.
  • Push the TV as far back on its stand as possible.
  • Place electrical cords out of a child’s reach and teach kids not to play
    with them.
  • Keep remote controls and other attractive items off the TV stand so kids
    won’t be tempted to grab for them and risk knocking the TV over.
  • Make sure free-standing ranges and stoves are installed with anti-tip

This year, the CPSC is intensifying its outreach efforts by partnering with
numerous organizations, including clinics and second-hand stores, to disseminate
a two minute PSA (transcript) including a powerful testimonial of
a parent who lost her two-year-old in a TV tipover incident and a poster (pdf). In addition, consumers will be able to
stream a 20 second version (transcript) of the PSA through October 23,
2010 by texting TVFALL to 878787.

Consumers can also download CPSC's updated
safety alert

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