Hidden dangers at home

Keeping your children safe at home

Many of the biggest dangers inside your home is a piece of furniture. 

Less than three months ago, a Florida toddler died after a TV fell on top of him.  Click here to read the full story.

Everywhere you turn there are dangers facing you and your family. This week we're helping you keep your family safe. One danger many may not think about is the danger that comes with the furniture in your home.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, says a child dies once every two weeks from injuries sustained when furniture or televisions tip over.

Just this year, in March, and 11 month old baby died while sitting with his dad watching TV. The baby's brother bumped the TV stand and the TV fell onto the baby's head and abdomen. Now the CPSC is urging all parents to go through their homes to check furniture and make sure it is anchored in place. According to new data from the CPSC between 2000 and 2010 there were 245 tip over related deaths involving children 8 years old and younger.

Children 5 years old and younger are at the greatest risk of injury, 90% of the incidents in the past 10 years have involved this age group. Most of the deaths came from children being "crushed" by the furniture or TV, "Children like to climb on furniture. Placing TVs on furniture not intended for them or having furniture that is not secured can have tragic consequences," said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "These tragedies can be prevented by taking low-cost steps. Anchor those TVs and dressers, and protect your child or a child visiting your home."

To prevent tragedies follow these safety tips in any home where children live or visit:

*Anchor furniture to the wall or the floor.
*Place TVs on sturdy, low bases.
*Anchor the furniture and the TV on top of it, and push the TV as far back on the furniture as possible.
*Keep remote controls, toys, and other items that might attract children off TV stands or furniture.
*Keep TV and/or cable cords out of reach of children.
*Make sure freestanding kitchen ranges and stoves are installed with anti-tip brackets.
*Supervise children in rooms where these safety tips have not been followed.

Thursday on ABC2 News at 11 join us for the hottest child safety apps you should download in an effort to keep your family safe, no matter where you are.  Also take a look at the "Top 5 Hazards at Home" .

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