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. In Chicago alone, media has reported that since October four children have died and one has been seriously injured from televisions falling on them.
These deaths are preventable! We want to talk with you about simple, inexpensive ways that you can childproof your televisions and furniture. We’re talking practical solutions for your home that can save your child’s life.
Join CPSC @OnSafety, Nancy Cowles from @KidsinDanger and @GaryASmithMD, President of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance and Director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy @NationwideKids Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, in a conversation about television safety in your home.
Take photos of your TV setups. Show us the TVs and the furniture that they are placed on from different angles. Show us what is anchored and what is not. Do you have straps? No straps? Where do you typically keep the remote control? Post links to the photos on Twitter so we can look and help you.
We’ll be live on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 16. Use the hashtag #TVSafety.
Tell your friends. Tell your neighbors. Spreading this information will save some children’s lives!