I’m often asked by parents what are the greatest dangers facing their kids in and around the home. Surprisingly, topple over accidents are becoming the leading hazard facing babies as well as older kids. And flat screen TVs are the greatest culprit. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 17,000 children had to be rushed to the emergency room in 2007 after furniture fell on them, with half that number being victims of TVs. At Safety Mom Solutions (www.safetymomsolutions.com) we often point out to parents that even lighter pieces of furniture such as children’s dressers become a danger if a child pulls out a drawer and stands on it which will cause the furniture to become unbalanced. The key to securing your flat screen TV is utilizing heavy duty Velcro to affix it to the table or TV unit and L-Brackets to then secure the furniture to the wall.
Alison Rhodes is the founder of Safety Mom Enterprises, www.safetymoms.com and Safety Mom Solutions, www.safetymomsolutions the premier baby proofing and child safety company in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Alison is a family safety expert, TV personality and consultant.