Furniture tipping injuries rising

May 4, 2009 2:46:55 PM PDT
Despite a government safety campaign the number of kids hurt by tipping furniture is growing fast.Since 1990, tip-over injuries have skyrocketed 40 percent.

Televisions pose the greatest danger.

Some are much bigger than they used to be and tend to be heavier in the front, so they tip more easily.

Little Michael Stevenson's skull was fractured in 2 places, when he and his sister climbed a dresser. It, and the TV on top, came tumbling down.

"He was essentially completely deaf in one ear, and completely paralyzed on one side of his face," said father Shawn Stevenson.

If you have young kids, it's recommended to secure large pieces of furniture to the walls with straps or brackets.

And you shouldn't keep toys or remote controls on top of furniture or TV's.

As for Michael, he has recovered. His parents have now anchored every large item in their home.

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