WASHINGTON – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued an advisory for consumers to inspect and secure TVs, furniture and appliances to prevent tip-over deaths and injuries.

CPSC staff estimates that in 2006, 16,300 children 5 years old and younger were treated in emergency rooms because of injuries associated with tip-over accidents. In addition, CPSC staff is aware of at least 30 media reports of tip-over deaths since January 2007 involving this same age group.

“Many parents are unaware of the deadly danger of this hidden hazard,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “I urge parents to include securing TVs, furniture and appliances in their childproofing efforts.”

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