Thursday, February 09, 2012

What we need is commonsense TeeWee safety laws

To protect innocent children from the deadly effects of falling TeeWees.

CHICAGO – The deaths of four Chicago-area children since late October after TVs toppled on them are prompting calls for more safety measures and increased awareness.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says 169 children 8 and younger died between 2000 and 2010 from falling TVs. In all, 245 children died in that period after being crushed by TVs, furniture or appliances. More than 22,000 were treated for tip-over injuries each year from 2008 to 2010.

"This is not as uncommon as people might think, sadly," says John Drengenberg, consumer safety director at Underwriters Laboratories, which sets safety standards for TVs and other products. It puts TVs on a 10-degree incline and tests stability

Because we've been told continuously from the Left that  inanimate objects can take on a life of their own just to kill or main unsuspecting person.

So what does a good Liberal demand?

Gary Smith, a pediatric emergency physician in Columbus, Ohio, and president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance, says requiring retailers to sell safety straps or mounting brackets with TVs would reduce the problem.

"We wouldn't purchase a car without seat belts," he says. "We shouldn't sell TVs without appropriate safety equipment.
Why yes- make a law to force people to be more safety conscious!


  1. Funny - when our daughter was little we just believed it was our responsibility to keep an eye on her, because she could go from "safe" to "OMG" in milliseconds. Didn't take a law.

    When we moved into earthquake country I cabled the tall heavy stuff to the walls, but that was an unusual case - the furniture really COULD take action on its own. Again, no law needed.

    Maybe some people just enjoy passing laws, and they're the bigger threat? Naw - that's crazy talk.

  2. I've unpacked far too many flat-screen tv's in that time, and any of them with any significance in the mass or size department came with wall-straps and more than adequately visible notices of need to secure them.