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Home safety: Tipover tips

domino and falling economy diagramBig TVs, furniture and appliances can be serious hazards if they are not anchored to prevent tipovers – especially for kids. More than 43,000 people go to emergency rooms each year for injuries from falling household items, nearly half of them age 8 and younger. One child dies every two weeks when a TV, furniture item, or appliance falls on him or her, according to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Anti-tip brackets and straps that secure stoves, furniture and shelves to walls can help, as can placing TV and other entertainment components on low, sturdy bases. Pushing the TV as far back as possible on its stand, keeping heavy items on lower shelves, securing loose cords and removing remote controls, candy or other tempting items from unstable stands or tables also reduces tipover risk.