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What are the Risks Present in Most Homes, Day Care Centers, and Schools? (Televisions and Unsecured Furniture)

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In California and other States, there is a danger present in most homes, schools, day care centers, and other facilities where children are cared for or supervised. The danger is quite common but not something that is so obvious to many parents and child care givers. The danger is associated with televisions and unsecured furniture. These items can fall and over tip over on a child. Sometimes, an incident happens when a child or another person bumps into, moves, or climbs on or near the television or unsecured bookcase or other furniture item. The weight of these items falling on a small child can cause serious personal injuries and, in some instances, the tragic death of a child.

Homeowners, business owners, day care centers, child care centers, schools, and other property owners and managers should inspect the location and stability of all televisions and furniture items susceptible to tipping over. When possible, the television and furniture items should be braced to secured to prevent tipping. These safety measures can be completed by the property owner, property manager, or a general contractor. While there may be some effort or expense associated with these safety measures, the costs will certainly justify the fact that children will be protected from harm caused by these items.

A recent tragedy was reported in Bakersfield, California. It was reported that a television tipped over and caused the death of 4 year old child. Police and fire rescue were called to the scene which was at the child’s home.

You can read more about this story at Child Suffers Personal Injuries and Dies from a Falling Television Set at Family Home.

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