Lisa Siefert lost her 2-year-old son two years ago when a chest of drawers fell over at her home near Chicago.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning parents about the potential dangers for children and adults from furniture and TV tip-overs.
The commission has several furniture recalls other actions pending that are related to tip-overs. Many of the actions were launched after deaths or injuries.
From 2000 to 2011, 349 people were killed in tip-overs, 84 percent of them younger than 9. In 2011, there were 41 deaths – the highest one-year total ever, the commission reports. On average, one child dies from a furniture tip-over every two weeks.
The deaths and injuries are preventable, the safety commission reports, but alerting new parents, caregivers and grandparents about safety straps and brackets requires coordination and cooperation from furniture and TV manufacturers and retailers, as well as physicians, hospitals and consumer groups.
“From stability to interaction with installers to the role parents can take, it’s an all-in approach to bring down an ever-increasing number of deaths,” said Scott Wolfson, a safety commission spokesman.
Sales of flat-screen televisions are one factor behind the push for awareness. Older, heavier TVs often get moved aside, sometimes to a location where they are more likely to cause injury. The commission reports that falling televisions cause 62 percent of tip-over fatalities.
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