Spring is in the air and marks a time when most families de-clutter their homes, ridding it of all the unnecessary clutter they may have piling up. While many individuals wait for Spring to arrive so they can begin giving their home the organizing it needs, it can also be a time to ensure your home is hazard free. While many accidents occur outside of our homes, there are also a number that occur right inside of them. And the last thing you want is for your child or even a guest to incur an injury that could have been prevented.
All accidents aren’t preventable and if you or your child were involved in any sort of accident and you feel it is in your best interest to speak with a legal representative, USAttorneys will find you a local Baton Rouge, LA accident lawyer to help.
What is a common in-house accident that can be prevented?
According to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC, “every 30 minutes, a child in the U.S. is hurt.” And what’s even more shocking is that “every two weeks a child dies as a result of a furniture and/or TV tip-over incident.” While you may think your heavy furniture is sturdy and won’t budge, think again. CPSC studied about 300 reports involving nonfatal accidents and some of the their findings are presented below.
- 5% of the accidents involving a TV fall transpired when a child climbed on top of the furniture in which the TV was sitting on.
- Over 90% of the incidents reported involved CRT TVs. These are the older, heavier models that can apply a forced of up to 12,000 pounds when falling. That’s enough to wipe a child’s life out.
- All of the studies with the exception of one revealed that anti-tip devices were not installed.
Tips to make the most out of your spring cleaning session
- Mount your TV or place it on a piece of furniture that is designed to hold it. If there are any objects on the furniture that might tempt a child to climb up on the furniture, remove it.
- Most TVs have been replaced with new, innovative models. If you still have an old CRT TV sitting in another place in your home, remove it from your house and recycle it. Children love to explore and climbing on a TV might seem exciting to a child who isn’t aware of the potential danger it brings.
- Install any anti-tip kits that come with your furniture. Threw it away months ago? Don’t worry, you can go out and buy a new one. If your dresser, TV stand, and other heavy pieces of furniture are mounted to the walls, there is less chance it will tip in the event your child attempts to climb on it.
Whether you are in the middle of your spring cleaning or just about to start, don’t forget to install your anti-tip kits. And should you engage in an accident, whether it be inside someone’s home or outside of it, learn what your rights are as an injury victim. Accident attorneys in Baton Rouge are available to consult with you and inform you of what these may be.