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CPSC Twitter chat: How to secure your TV to prevent child injury or death due to tip-overs

Consumer Reports News: February 15, 2012 11:08 AM

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission's first Twitter chat tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET will be about simple, inexpensive ways you can childproof your televisions and furniture to help prevent child injury and death from tip-overs.

During the Thursday evening chat, the CPSC will ask parents to post photos of TV setups so that safety experts can examine the pictures and give practical safety tips.

You can post to @OnSafety along with #TVSafety in the chat. The CPSC suggests taking multiple pictures of your TV setup that show various angles of both the TV and furniture it is on, including what is anchored and what is not. The CPSC asks: "Do you have straps? No straps? Where do you typically keep the remote control?"

The Twitter chat is in response to seeing a large number of injuries and deaths as a result of televisions falling on children, the CPSC reports, adding that every other week, a child dies in the U.S. when a television, a piece of furniture or an appliance falls on him or her. Many injuries and deaths are caused when children climb into, fall against, or pull themselves up onto furniture.

Here are the safety experts participating in the Twitter chat tomorrow:

  • The CPSC is hosting, @OnSafety
  • Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids in Danger, @KidsinDanger
  • Gary Smith, president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, @GaryASmithMD

According to the latest figures, more than 22,000 children (8 years old and younger) are treated every year in emergency rooms for injuries related to unstable furniture, TVs, or appliances.

To read more about safety tips for securing your TV and furniture see Home furniture and TV tip-overs still a top danger for kids. And for our TV Buying Guide click here.

Our First Twitter Chat: #TVSafety [CPSC]

Maggie Shader

   

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