May 8, 2015 7:35 PM

Danger lurking in the home: Safety tips after 2-year-old Derry child killed by falling dresser

Your child could be in danger in your own home. An accident in Derry on Tuesday is a harsh reminder of that. Police say a 2-year-old boy was killed when a dresser fell on top of him.

Furniture with drawers, shelves or doors not secured to the wall can topple over and become dangerous, especially for children under 10.

Another big problem: TV sets that are not secured to the walls. Children can also get in trouble reaching for items like toys, books, music, video games or DVDs and remote controls. While grabbing for them, not only can they slip and fall, the items themselves might fall on them, or an entire bookcase or piece of furniture can come crashing down on them. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says there are 43,000 of these accidents a year, 25,000 of them involving children.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for kids ages 1 to 4, and it takes only a few inches of water for a young child to drown. Next to pools, bathtubs are the second leading place where children drown. A CPSC report shows from 2006 to 2010, accidents involving bathtubs, buckets, bath seats, toilets and landscaping features resulted in 434 fatalities and 233 injuries.

Of the deaths, 28 percent involved an adult leaving the child in the bathtub to answer the phone or door, or to get a towel; in 23 percent, the child was left with another child, usually older.


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