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TV safety, dangerous products discussed after girl's death

A television tip-over accident that killed a 4-year-old Illinois girl has prompted new efforts to raise awareness about TV safety. National TV Safety Day was on Feb. 1. Experts are drawing attention to the dangerous products, explaining that television safety should be prioritized in families with young children.

Although consumer death is not as common, an American child visits an emergency room about every 45 minutes because of a television tip-over accident. One child dies about every three weeks due to such consumer injury. Most of those children are under the age of 5. Families are encouraged to follow basic safety guidelines that can prevent such deadly incidents.

Official reports show that the young girl in Aurora died on Jan. 26 when she was struck in the head by a television. The incident occurred during the evening hours, and the girl was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly after 6:30 p.m., according to authorities. The young girl was not left unattended, as her mother and other sibling were both home at the time of the incident.

Parents and family members can prevent television accidents by ensuring that TV cables and cords are kept out of the reach of children. Do not let young children play alone in a room with an older television; experts say that as grown-ups purchase flat-screens, the older, heavier models often end up in kids' rooms. Further, be sure to place the television on a low platform and keep it close to the wall or anchor it to the floor.

Consumer death and injury can be prevented, but accidents still sometimes happen because of a defective product. Illinois residents whose children have been injured in such incidents may benefit from consulting a qualified personal injury attorney. These professionals may help clients learn more about their legal rights and options.

Source: Aurora Beacon News, "Aurora tragedy leads to warning about TV accidents" No author given, Jan. 31, 2014

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