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Parenting Tip: Television Set Safety

Get helpful advice on how to prevent TV-related injuries

By Madonna Behen Posted August 24, 2009 from Woman's Day; September 15, 2009

Parenting Tip: Television Set Safety

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Watch out for that TV! And we don’t mean spending too much time in front of it: Every day, about 40 kids under the age of 18 are rushed to the emergency room with injuries after a heavy piece of furniture—like a TV or dresser—has fallen on them. The Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, recommends these safety steps:

1. Place the TV far back on a low, wide stand.

2. When buying a stand, check the size and weight limits. (Don’t use shelves and dressers).

3. Strap TVs and furniture to the wall with safety straps or L brackets.

4. Install stops on dresser drawers so they can’t be pulled out more than two-thirds of the way.

5. Keep toys and remotes off the tops of bookshelves, dressers, TVs and any topple-prone furniture.

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