Experts recommend straps to secure TVs
Recent accident prompts safety recommendation
Following a Wednesday night accident where a television toppled onto a 3-year-old boy, killing him, San Antonio fire officials said there are certain steps parents can take to prevent these accidents.
According to police, the child climbed up some drawers of a dresser, causing the dresser and the TV to come down.
"That's one of those things you think of, 'That will never happen to our family,'" said Christian Bove, with the San Antonio Fire Department. "But we know between 2000 and 2010, almost 250 children under the age of eight were killed as a result of either a TV or some sort of furniture, bookshelf or something like that falling on top of them."
And while these incidents are considered accidents, Bove said you can prevent something like this from happening by child-proofing your home with furniture straps.
The straps can be purchased for $5 to $10 and are designed to secure loose furniture.
"You can strap certain appliances, televisions, furniture to the wall," said Bove. "The T.V. itself you can strap to the book shelf. Children are curious by nature, they want to see. They see mommy and daddy turn on the T.V. They want to go and turn on that T.V. Especially, with a book shelf, something like this, they are going to try climbing on top of it."
Still Bove said while securing furniture straps may help certain items from toppling over, the straps alone, will not prevent all accidents.
"The most important thing you can do is never let them out of your supervision and that can be difficult," said Bove. "I'm speaking from experience, with a one year old and a three year old at home, they are going a mile a minute it seems, but the most important thing, keep an eye on them."
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