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IL Attorney General Launches New Kids Safety Campaign

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When you think of household dangers, is your TV or dresser at the top of the list?

Since 2011, five children in Illinois have died in tip-over accidents and there have been countless trips to the ER.

Now there's a new effort to keep your kids safe.

The Illinois attorney general is now getting involved to make sure another family doesn't go through a tragic accident.

She's launching a new statewide awareness campaign and is encouraging parents to get educated,and take the necessary precautions.

Lowe's Assistant Store Manager Diane Hillebrenner says child safety television mounting kits have skyrocketed in sales in the last six months, and she says they could prevent accidents in the home.

"These keep the TVs from falling off, tipping over on to pets or children," she says.

According to the CPSC,one child dies every two weeks in a tip-over incident, and over 22 thousand children go to the hospital from furniture or television accidents every year. Jan Hummel with Safe Kids Adams County says when it comes to kids, so many dangerous things could happen.

"As an adult, you don't think about pulling out all the drawers at one time, or pulling out the drawers to use them as steps - and then the child goes up, using the drawers as steps, the child goes up, the furniture goes down, and where does it land?" Hummel says.

To prevent a tragic accident in your home, Hummel recommends anchoring both your television and furniture. Oak Furniture Gallery owner Matt Davis says the type of furniture you have can also make a difference.

"Sturdy, sits flat to the floor, doesn't have casters or anything like that on it, because casters can break and possibly tip over on a child," he says.  

Hummel says parents should also remember to check the smaller items, making sure kids aren't climbing to reach them.

"Put your remotes away, don't leave your car keys out, things that are intriguing to a child," she says.

If you're looking for mounts for your television, entertainment center, or other pieces of furniture - Hummel says you can find them at most home improvement stores and some furniture stores.

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