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Toppling TVs still a danger, commission says

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It seems like a safe household appliance, but what you don't know about it might hurt or even kill your child.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging parents to take safety precautions when it comes to their TV's.

In a recent study , the commission found 349 were killed by toppling TV's, furniture, and other appliances since 2000, with most of those being children. Last year had the highest number with 41 killed.

Most of these tip-over accidents are from televisions.

Lieutenant Richard Kestner with Tri-Township Fire says a child can be crushed by the weight or hit in the head, "You could have a head injury... you could have your neck and spinal cord.. I mean there's a lot of injuries that could happen to the body."

The CPSC suggests you anchor your TV to the wall,  and keep remotes and toys off the TV stand and buy and install an anchoring device.

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