Cell Phones: Safe. TV Sets: Killers

from the 2-days-without-an-accident dept

We've noted before how often the media writes "(insert technology here) can kill" stories, so you can imagine what we expected from the headline "Doctors: TVs can be deadly for kids". Looks like it's pretty spot on, though, as it's nothing decrying moral problem or psychological ones, but rather the dangers posed by falling TV sets to children. The "problem" is apparently that traditional tube sets are heavily weighted towards the front (a big surprise to anybody that's ever moved one), and kids climbing on them or the furniture on which they rest easily knock them over. The doctors behind this study say that TV should be secured with straps to prevent them from falling over, and that they should feature warning labels warning parents of the danger. Neither's a bad idea, as such, but we can't help but wonder how long it will be before some politician jumps on the idea to try to pass a law "for the children".


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    Republican Gun, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 9:50am

    Will somebody think of the children!

    I am writing my legislator right now and demand he draft a bill to protect our children and also throw in a million or two to subsidize a local business or build a bridge. I don't care as long as some federal money gets spent in my state.

     

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    Sensible, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 9:52am

    For the children

    Is it just me or does it seem that common sense is really starting to be less and less common everyday? TV's are heavy? NO! Say it isn't so. Next thing you know they will say the sky is BLUE! (most of the time) or smoking causes CANCER! I wish I was a doctor so I could then spend countless hours getting paid for nothing just by stating the obvious.
    Seriously though, those TV's fall over all the time. I have 61" rear projection big screen **whew** have to pick it back up 3 times a day. Such a pain.

     

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    Topher3105, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 10:10am

    HooRay

    This means that LCD televisions will be subsidized by the government to promote them as SAFE alternatives to those child killing CRT televisions, LCD television prices will drop even further.

    Of course, the government would probably just require that a large red mandatory sticker be placed on the front of the TV (Covering up 90% of the screen) saying that this television could kill your child.

     

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    ElectricMayhem, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 10:23am

    For the Children

    A Doctor says: This phrase has been used sooo many times by sooo many idiots it's untrue......we are all born to die.....simple....just some go quicker than others....sad fact of being here on this planet.......

    Try living in Iraq....bugger the TV falling on you or your children....try a laser guided bomb....whoops....sorry...wrong address......

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 10:28am

    Tvs have always been weighted to the front. Anyone who is not aware of this probably shouldnt be allowed to have children anyway so were realy just talking about natural selection anyway.

     

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    crystalattice (profile), Jun 19th, 2006 @ 10:30am

    So, where are the parents?

    Ya know, if parents were taking an active role and watching TV with their kids, rather than plopping them in front of it, the problem would go away. Well, maybe if the parents also taught their children to be smart.

    I was never dumb enough, nor have I known anyone who was stupid enough, to pull on a TV nor climb the furniture it was on. It just never occured to me. Hell, if the kids are getting crushed by TV's, maybe it's just Darwinism at work.

    Not to mention the fact that the article gave incredibly low numbers that it's really more of a moot point. More kids are injured by shopping carts than falling TV's.

     

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    C0m0n 5eN5E, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 10:41am

    Lets Think About It!!!

    If I rock the Coke machine until it falls on me I could get hurt!!! I heard this one years ago. If you're doing things you are not supposed to be doing you suffer the consequences of your actions. Ban All TV's immediately!! Lets Save the world from TV????

     

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    RWLib3, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 10:43am

    My father always said....

    "no no, dont stop him... let him pull the tv down on top of him......he'll learn..."

    So today's kids cant take a tv to the head? C'mon...

     

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    Grundy, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 10:45am

    For The Children

    Seriously... I really think we should remove the warning labels from all the crap in the world. There needs to be a thinning of the heard ya know? IT could really only serve our species in a good way.

     

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    Matt Bennett, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 10:48am

    To all those are making a joke of this, and the common sense of it, can I point out here this is not a common sense thing? The balance point of a big TV is just a few inches behind the front of the screen, and you wouldn't think it it to look at it. If you've never moved a TV, you just wouldn't know, really. So pointing this out, so people can avoid a bad accident, is NOT a bad thing. It's not like warning them to keep babies outta the oven or anything.

     

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    Matt Bennett, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 10:48am

    To all those are making a joke of this, and the common sense of it, can I point out here this is not a common sense thing? The balance point of a big TV is just a few inches behind the front of the screen, and you wouldn't think it it to look at it. If you've never moved a TV, you just wouldn't know, really. So pointing this out, so people can avoid a bad accident, is NOT a bad thing. It's not like warning them to keep babies outta the oven or anything.

     

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    discojohnson, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 10:54am

    Re: So, where are the parents?

    More kids are injured by shopping carts than falling TV's

    ok, follow the math on this one: from 1999 to 2004, fulton county found 9 people struck by a falling branch and falling tree collectively. divide that by 6 years gets us to 1.5 deaths per year. fulton county has 915k people (2005) and the US has 296.4mil, which means that statistically 486 people will die annually from this travesty. why don't we tackle this problem too?!?

     

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    MEoip, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 10:59am

    Work kills children

    Me being at work kills my child social and mentally. I should get federal money to stay home it's safer for my kid.

     

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    Oh Please, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 11:00am

    Can we put a warning label on Matt Bennett? Ligthen up Francis.

     

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    SPR, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 11:01am

    Falling TV's

    I don't see what the problem is. If a kid is so stupid that he/she will pull on or climb on the front of a TV then as an adult they would be stupid enough to stand below a boulder and pry it loose!! As crystalattice said "Darwinism at work"!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 11:03am

    So "Matt Bennett" You are saying that people dont realize TV's are heavy? I dont know about the rest of the world but when I buy a TV it is in a box. I then have to remove said tv from box and place on peice of furniture. In doing so I realize "Hey, this is pretty heavy" Soooo, yeah it is common sense and I am sorry if you are one of the sole survivors of one of these terrible TV attacks but I guess now you know too.
    All in favor of a little population control say AYE!

     

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    SPR, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 11:04am

    Re: by Matt Bennett

    No doubt stated by one who has dumped a TV or two!!

    Darwin, where are you when we need you!!!

     

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    dorpus, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 11:05am

    As overall death rates decrease

    A basic problem in epidemiology. As death rates from "normal" causes like car accidents or falling decrease, due to better safety equipment, then the proportion of deaths from more freakish causes will increase. Today, soft bedding is a major killer of babies in wealthy nations, since babies rarely die from infectious diseases anymore.

    Conceivably, toddlers today are 1000 times more likely to be attacked with tear gas by their teachers than 10 years ago. Such an incident occurred yesterday in Tokyo, when a pre-school teacher was going to take the kids for a walk, got out her keychain with the mace spray on it, when the mace can spontaneously exploded, sending 7 snot-covered kids to the hospital.

     

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    dorpus, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 11:07am

    Re: As overall death rates decrease

     

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    Tin Ear, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 11:18am

    Mmmmm.... Television....

    Twenty years ago, this wasn't a big problem. Now, it is? The way I see it, televisions in the past were HUGE!!! Remember the 'console' TV? Weighed about 300 pounds and was about six feet long! Took up enough real estate in the living room that people decorated around it. Now, with the plastic cases and so-called 'portable' units (you know the one, 100 lbs with a 'handle' in the top) this type of injury and death becomes more common.

    On a second note, 'way back when', there was usually only ONE TV per household, and the parents controled what the kids watched. Now, there are TVs in the kitchen, den, kids' rooms, even the bathroom. No wonder falling TVs are more common now.

     

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    charlie potatoes, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 11:43am

    things u can use to climb with:

    jeeze... next they'll be telling us that if i open my oven door and use it as a step to climb up on my stove it might tip over. shoddy workmanship, if u ask me.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 11:44am

    Even if the falling TV doesn't kill the kid, the owner of the TV will kill the kid for breaking the TV.

     

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    SPR, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 11:55am

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    Not necessarily will the kid get punished. They might get rewarded because now Welfare will buy them a new TV!!

     

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    Ronde, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 12:00pm

    Re: For the children

    You are completely right about common sense being a rare thing these days. Its sad that there are so few people that can actually use common sense. TVs are heavy and kids climbing on them is going to make them fall. Easy way to avoid that is to either put the TV up high so children can't get to it or just don't allow your kids to play around the TV.

     

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    WirelessGuy, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 12:08pm

    Just keep putting Cell Phones SAFE

    As long as some idiot is out there talking about common sense items, then people will stop talking about the health hazards of RF from phones.

    I just wonder if this "doctor" was the same one I saw on TV the other night selling weight loss drugs. They probably got grant money for this breakthrough in modern science.

    HALT THE PRESS- Heavy things falling on people causes injuries!!!!! Next will be the einstein who figures out that humans getting prolonged exposure to excess water leads to drownings.

     

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    "Matt Bennet's" Mom, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 12:08pm

    Re: Heavy TVs

    The problem would be that 3 -5 year olds just don't have that much common sense and what little they have is overwhelmed by a lack of impulse control.

    It's nice that you are favor of killing toddlers.

     

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    SPR, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 12:20pm

    Re: Re: Heavy TVs

    "It's nice that you are favor of killing toddlers."

    Don't put words in our mouths. No one said that. But I will go on record of being in favor of having Heavy TV's dropped on parents who are irresponsible and should have had to pass a "common sense" test before being allowed to breed!!

     

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    lolita tostada, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 12:22pm

    TV

    I cannot understand why this horrendous problem has not been brought to public attention before this! Why has this been covered up for the past 50 years- is this a government coverup? Are the telivision makers and stations in cahoots with the gov't ? The thought of thousands of dear sweet children being mashed and crushed, their brains turned to mush makes me shudder.

    I propose we erect a memorial - perhaps on the Capitol lawn or near the tomb of the unknown soldier - for these poor unfortunates, a television screen 4 stories tall with running lists of the children killed by television, interspersed with huge warning labels ,'TV can kill','TV will turn your brain to mush'.

     

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    SPR, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 12:26pm

    Re: TV

    Here, Here!!

    While we're at it let's erect a memorial to those killed by trains while talking on cell phones or listening to iPods!! Better yet, lets dedicate a stretch of highway to them so they can be run over repeatedly day after day!!

     

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    Gabriel Tane (profile), Jun 19th, 2006 @ 12:50pm

    Out of proportion

    I think the feel of the article was a little too alarmist. It's already been said that there are other things to worry about than TV's dropping on heads here. It's even been discussed about the different meanings of "numbers on the rise" (good point, Dorpus).

    But I think we've lost a bit of perspective in that article. Yeah, TV's on heads is bad. Yeah, heavy things on heads is bad. OK... furniture can be dangerous... got it.

    But there are so many things out there that can kill a child, and all of them by accident. List? OK.

    -Allergic reaction to bee-sting
    -run over by car
    -shot in a drive by
    -trip over a shoestring and crack head on furniture on way by
    -fall out of tree
    -hit by run-away car or reckless driver
    -food poisoning
    -SIDS
    -severe illness
    -school bus hit by train


    Before anyone says it, yes it is horrible when a young person dies of any of these kind of accidents. It is a terrible tragedy and I agree with that. And suggesting that anyone here, by their arguments, is "in favor of killing toddlers" is simply childish and irresponsible. Way to go "mom".

    What I don't agree with and what I don't understand is why this "TV epidemic" is getting any kind of knee-jerk reaction. This isn't new. It isn't some new killer technology. This is death by blunt-force trauma. And it's not, statistically, higher than any of these other things (again, good point Dorpus). While I don't think we should ignore the danger of TV's falling on children, or really, any of the other things I listed, I don't think that this is something "that we MUST!!! do something about."

    We already should have been doing something about it. It's called "parenting". Yeah, I know I know... not everyone can be home all the time to watch their kids 24/7. Fine. No problem. But guess what: you can't watch your kid for every danger in the world 24/7 either.

    Shit is going to happen people. It's horrible when it happens to kids, but we're not going to be able to protect every child every minute of every day. Nor should we. If we coddle our kids that much, they'll never be able to make it in "the real world" where they have to overcome such danger on their own. Anyone hear about lower immunities to basic illness? Exactly.

    I've screwed myself up on many occasions as a kid. Usually doing stupid things. But guess what. I know not to touch the red glowing thingy on the stove. I know that just because it fits, a key doesn't go into a light socket. I know that if the hill looks really steep, there is danger involved in riding a bike down it. I know to ask others before messing with stuff about which I don't know.

    I'd hate for my kids to suffer the pain I've been through growing up. But I was always angry with my dad for "keeping my from learning the hard way as he did". I'm proud of my mistakes and the lessons I've learned. I'm just fortunate that I'm still around to have that pride. Others aren’t. And that's how it will always (and should always) be.

     

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    Matt Bennet's Mom, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 12:53pm

    Not Putting Words in Mouths

    "If a kid is so stupid that he/she will pull on or climb on the front of a TV then as an adult they would be stupid enough to stand below a boulder and pry it loose!! As crystalattice said "Darwinism at work"!!" - comment 15

    I may have said it more succinctly, but that's basically what this person is saying.

    I'd suppose a few things:

    1. Many people have never picked up a TV, moved a TV, and have no idea that it is so front-weighted.

    2. This was a VERY small research study and not some big waste of govt. money that people seem to decry.

    3. A small warning tag probably would change nothing since most people don't read that stuff anyway.

    4. It's probably a good idea for people not to put Johnny's favorite toy on top of the TV.

    I don't know, whatever. It's tough being Matt Bennet's Mom.

     

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    Gabriel Tane, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 12:53pm

    Re: Re: TV

    "While we're at it let's erect a memorial to those killed by trains while talking on cell phones or listening to iPods!! Better yet, lets dedicate a stretch of highway to them so they can be run over repeatedly day after day!!"
    -SPR


    You know... I've always wondered every time I see one of those memorial crosses on the side of the road that mark where someone died in an accident(usually a teenager)...

    What about the kids that died because they were drinking and driving, or acting like an idiot behind the wheel to impress their friends. I think I'd lose respect for those markers if I knew the truth.

     

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    Gabriel Tane (profile), Jun 19th, 2006 @ 12:59pm

    Re: Not Putting Words in Mouths

    "I may have said it more succinctly, but that's basically what this person is saying."
    -Matt Bennet's Mom


    No, they weren't saying "lets kill kids" or "let the kids die"... They were saying (and correct me if I'm wrong, SPR) "let nature take it's course". Albeit in a very cynical way.

     

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    Matt Bennet's Mom, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 1:03pm

    Re: Out of proportion

    I'd suggest YOU are the one blowing things out of proportion. This study was the result of 26 interviews. It has, as far as I can tell, rated a short article in a third-rate paper.

    I'm guessing that absolutely NOTHING will change. There won't be warnings on TVs, the govt. isn't going to do anything, which is what seems to get people's dander up. Relax - this isn't going to change a thing!! Big money isn't going to be wasted!! You know why? Because most of you are actually right, the govt. isn't that stupid (all the time), and just isn't necessary.

    There are many other things to worry about. However, I would say, just because other things are MORE likely to happen doesn't mean we shouldn't look into and try to prevent accidents that are less likely.

    Anywho, LCDs, Plasma, - this problem is going away!! We can all sleep well at night.

     

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    Matt Bennet's Mom, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 1:05pm

    Re: Re: Not Putting Words in Mouths

    I would read it more along the lines of there's some preventable accident out there and some person would rather do nothing so that the kid will die and not procreate. (Darwinism)

    Oopp...hang on...Matt's climbing on the TV, again. Got to run...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 1:11pm

    1. Many people have never picked up a TV, moved a TV, and have no idea that it is so front-weighted.

    So, seriously, How does that magical TV get from the store to the living room nowadays? Or out of the box for that matter? Is there a TV Fairy I dont know about. C'mon people! The only reason kids are being injured is out of plain old stupidity. You dont put a 100 lb TV on a TV Tray. Especially if you have children around. Population control, darwinism, or whatever you want to call it, its gonna happen and stupid people are always gonna get the short end of the stick. Thats life. Deal with it!

     

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    Matt's Mom, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 1:17pm

    Re: TV Fairy

    Have never seen the TV fairy.

    Maybe someone's husband, uncle, brother, or the delivery people are the one's that move it?

    I think you are right about the TV tray, though. I wonder if they asked people what kind of furniture the TV sat on? Matt's TV is on a solid table and is heavy enough that I really doubt it's going to tip.

    Where are people putting their TVs?

    I suppose you are saying that the stupidity is that of the parent's who put the TV in a precarious place. Maybe so...I still wouldn't be in favor killing their children. Seems kind of rough.

     

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    STJ, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 1:19pm

    Um, I have s bookcase with books, Let's let the kids climb on that!!! What could happen?

     

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    SPr, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 1:23pm

    Stupid People

    Here's to all the stupid people who give us something to talk about!!

     

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    Starky, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 1:25pm

    Re: Just keep putting Cell Phones SAFE

    Then we get to ban water! Dihydrogen Monoxide is dangerous, and can kill you! Ban it, just like Aliso Viejo, California tried to do in 2004!

     

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    Boboo, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 1:28pm

    Re: Re: Just keep putting Cell Phones SAFE

    ...and here I have an email that drinking 8 glasses of water a day prevents breast cancer. Are you going to tell me that's not true???

     

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    Gabriel Tane (profile), Jun 19th, 2006 @ 1:37pm

    "I'd suggest YOU are the one blowing things out of proportion. This study was the result of 26 interviews. It has, as far as I can tell, rated a short article in a third-rate paper."
    -Matt Bennett's Mom

    It doesn't matter where it happened. I'm reading it as another manifestation of the same problem. The media (and individuals like this doctor who took it upon himself to waste peoples time) fear-mongering to get ratings and/or attention.

    "Oh Noze! Teh TV's are killing kids!!!!!one!1". Seriously. I don't care how small the paper was, the doctor and all those involved took this as seriously as an epidemic. The media has a responsibility in thier reporting of the news. And it chapps my ass when they do this.

    A local station in my town was reporting a stalker-related murder. Nothing too out ot the ordinary. Guy follows girl home from club and ends up killing her. Tragic and scary? Yes. But the headliner on the evening news was (and I'm not making this up) "The war on terror hits close to home". That's irresponsible sensationalism.

    Same thing with this article. It's nothing that's news-worthy and yet it's treated like a growing problem that's endangering our youth.

    I know things won't change with regards to TVs and warnings... simply for the fact that nothing needs to change. I don't care about "the wasted big money." That wasn't the point of my rant.

    "There are many other things to worry about. However, I would say, just because other things are MORE likely to happen doesn't mean we shouldn't look into and try to prevent accidents that are less likely."
    -MB's Mom

    Absolutely! But my point is that simple parenting is all that you need to do. Telling your kid not to climb on the TV... or better yet, make sure the damned thing is secure. Makes sense to me. What is there to "look into"? That's the gist of my point.

    "I would read it more along the lines of there's some preventable accident out there and some person would rather do nothing so that the kid will die and not procreate. (Darwinism)"
    -MB's Mom

    OK, you "would read that more along the lines of..." Fair enough. But by accusing people of what your impression is before verifying it... that is putting words into their mouths.

    You're (obviously) free to draw whatever conclusions you want from what people say. But before you go shouting "child-killer advocator!", you may want to verify that that's what they were meaning.

     

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    Laughing, Jun 19th, 2006 @ 1:43pm

    We should be more worried about yet another waste of time, money and effort by the goverment, nice to see they can waste money on more than Iraq....

     

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    claire rand, Jun 20th, 2006 @ 5:23am

    unstable telly

    got a book case, screwed to the wall (cuz i'm paranoid bout such things & cuz i can).

    took a 21" telly back to the shop a few years back, the damn thing was unstable, i reckon the COG was about 1" behind the front feet. this is totally uncalled for, use a counter weight if required.

    yes more 'normal' tv's are front heavy, its the nature of the beast. but given the best way these days to send anyone in the media of gov running for cover is to ask them to name something 'safe' this sort of article is going to become more common.

     

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    Rational Beaver, Jun 20th, 2006 @ 7:08am

    We should just put a sticker on every front door that says,

    "Bulky, large, heavy, sharp, or very small objects in your home may be dangerous to your children. Also, children should not be permitted to randomly ingest medicines, cleaning agents, alcohol based liquids, or sugary cerials such as Captain Crunch. In addition, do not let your chidren play in the back yard, the front yard, the street, the neighborhood pool, public parks, or near the Canadian border. Thank you."

     

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    dissapointed, Jun 25th, 2006 @ 10:31am

    how many of you loosers have kids... did you ever think it could NEVER happen to me.instead of running your stupid mouth sit back and think, if you ran to get a cup of something to drink and your little one was playing catch with him or herself and the toy went behind the tv and they went to slide it over like a chair and YOU came out from getting your drink to find your child like the scene from the wizard of oz..... nothing is impossable.....some of you make me sick.

     

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    cry_me_a_river, Jun 26th, 2006 @ 9:30am

    Re:

    Boo Hoo, disappointed. I guess you're having a pity party, can I come? Anyways, I do have kids and I was commenting on population control as well. I'm sorry but if the parents of small children are not smart enough to take precautionary measures to prevent inventory to their chilldren then they shouldn't be allowed to breed in the first place and deserve everything they get. So sorry if your head still hurts from when that TV fell on you but you dont have to be so damn sensitive. Maybe you should have been crushed then we wouldn't have to listen to your irrational banter.

     

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    Katrina Owens, Jul 2nd, 2006 @ 9:51pm

    Protecting kids better from falling television set

    My name is Katrina, and just recently, I lost my little nephew Tariq when a television set fell on top of him in his room and gave him a fatal brain injury. He was in his father's care at the time while my sister was at work, and she received the dreadful news. I really think there needs to be a tougher law that makes it mandatory that all parents with small children make sure their television sets are secured properly, possibly with straps or properly mounted to the walls so this can't happen to their children the way it happened to my nephew. We , as a society take these things for granted until it hits home.

     

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    missy, Jul 20th, 2006 @ 10:56pm

    What does TV actually prevent the kids from doing

    hi
    guys i am doing a research on tv turns kids nasty
    and i need your help for this research so plz give me response on this mgs
    and relpy before sunday the 23/july/2006

     

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    Julia Brammer, Aug 22nd, 2006 @ 5:44pm

    Tv's

    I understand one thing. Everyone has a idea. But not in a million years did I think a tv would take my daughter emily life. Emily was taken from us so soon in life. She was 22 mos old. As she was walking down to her brothers room. She walked by the tv set and the stand gave way. She was not climb on it. My little princess is gone and that is not fear. I would have never thought a tv would take her life. I would have never had one. It was on a stand I got from big lots and it said tv stand on it. So what do you do. Hospital and doctors dont tell they are dangers. Hospitals know alot about this subject and they are not talking to the public to me and other people in this world that is not fair. We need to know. IT to late for Emily but not for others. Please sign a bill for this. No parent should have to buy anything more it should come with the safety kit. HELP

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 12th, 2006 @ 5:44pm

    Re:

    lol

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 4th, 2006 @ 11:54pm

    Re: So, where are the parents?

    No, shopping carts are dangers and they are marked on them. Now 27000 child go to er's and about 17000 are injuryed by tv and falling furniture sorry these item are not marked.

     

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    julia brammer, Feb 16th, 2007 @ 6:47pm

    Re: Re: So, where are the parents?

    no children are more and likely to get killed by falling tvs and furniture... Shopping carts are marked so if you dont look at the carts ... you will see warning sign... So do your home work

     

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    Tom, Mar 8th, 2007 @ 1:36pm

    URL Update

    Hey, the correct URL is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dihydrogen_monoxide. There is an extra "L" on the end of the link.

     

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    Tia, Mar 19th, 2007 @ 12:28am

    Re: Lets Think About It!!!

    ok, ur coke machine doesnt add up to the story on the news!!! you are an adult, of course you would know not to rock the coke machine.... we are talking bout CHILDREN....BABIES!!!! and no its not the parents fault, if you have kids you would know that you cant just tell them something once, they just dont listen all the time.. so u go ahead and rock that coke machine, because for you to leave a comment like that, its just saying youre cold hearted and have no sympathy, i mean come one you are are comparing a full grown adult with a child.. thats a big difference

     

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    Tia, Mar 19th, 2007 @ 12:35am

    Re: So, where are the parents?

    ok, ur entitled to your opinion... But if you have children you would know that they dont always listen, and you cant keep an eye on them 24/7 its impossible.. so tomorrow when ur home with you kid (if u have any) that second you took to put ur hand out the door to check the mail, answer the phone, go to the bathroom, do the dishes, laundry... that second that you turned back for could end up being a terrible tragedy.. think about that one!! and yeah the numbers are low on deaths caused by falling tvs but in my opinion any number is to big for a death of a child!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 19th, 2007 @ 12:38am

    Re: My father always said....

    are you freakin serious?????? no children cant take a tv to the head, for your information, tvs kill

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 19th, 2007 @ 12:45am

    Re: Out of proportion

    ok, the tv thing isnt taking up the whole news station and newspapers so stop acting like this is taking up all your news this is real it may not be important to u because it hasnt claimed a life of a child in your family, but it has affected other families

     

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    Tia, Mar 19th, 2007 @ 1:08am

    I WOULD HAVE NEVER EXPECTED MOST OF THESE COMMENTS FROM THIS WORLD!!! YOU PEOPLE ARE IMMATURE, AND YEAH I GET THAT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO AN OPINION BUT I CAN GARUANTEE IF THIS WOULD OCCUR IN YOUR FAMILY YOU WOULD BE CHANGING YOUR TUNES!! YOU GUYS TOOK THIS ARTICLE ABOUT TVS AND MADE IT ABOUT YOURSELVES, ALL IT WAS IS A WARNING THAT THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOUR FAMILY AND TO BE AWARE, BUT U TURNED IT INTO PARENTS NEGLECTIN THEIR KIDS, OTHER THINGS COULD HAPPEN TO KIDS, ALL SORTS OF STUFF... U THINK ITS COMMON SENSE, BUT ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN AT ANY GIVEN TIME, AND FOR THOSE OF YOU COMPARING ADULTS TO CHILDREN, ITS NOT THE SAME THING AND IF U HAD KIDS YOU WOULD KNOW.. I WILL TELL YOU ONE THING AS A VERY LOVING MOTHER OF 1 BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRL, I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT FOR A MINUTE THAT A TV COULD FALL AND HURT HER, I MEAN IT WAS NEVER TURNED INTO A BIG THING, YOU NEVER SEEN IT ON THE NEWS, THAT IS UNTIL THE DAY THAT MY BABY COUSIN WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED BY A FALLING TV.. THATS WHAT OPENED MY EYES TO REALIZE THAT FREAK ACCIDENTS HAPPEN AND YEAH PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THESE THINGS... AND THATS ALL MY AUNT IS TRYING TO GET ACROSS TO YOU IS THAT FURNITURE IS UNSAFE, SHE LOST HER LIL PRINCESS AND YOU PEOPLE ARE GOING ON AND ON ABOUT NONSENSE, SO GET A GRIP AND NEXT TIME YOU SEE AN ARTICLE YOU THINK IS WASTING YOUR TIME, AND YOU ARE JUST GONNA LEAVE HURTFUL MESSAGES, MOVE ON TO THE NEXT DAMN PAGE... THIS ARTICLE IS REAL, SO ACT LIKE IT

     

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    Julia, May 22nd, 2007 @ 9:53pm

    I thank you to my niece. I just want you to understand the danger. I miss my daughter very much. I never knew of this danger. So me telling I hope you take it to heart. It's just loss child is hard. Life is never the same. No more night stories or putting her to bed. Tell her I love her so much now and always will. But what you don't understand. I can't have more children. She and I almost died when I had her. So see life will never be better for us in this house. I miss her so.I won't get the time to see her go to school or get married or get grandchildren. I want you to understand there is danger in tv's and furniture. Please tell if you were the mother that loss a child three day's before mothers day. Sammy being two year old. Didn't ask for it either. So see neither did others. So please help us by going and sign the bill we are trying to get passed. Just look on line under 911 in new york. they have it on their site. thank you

     

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    mother to angel in heaven, Jul 22nd, 2007 @ 11:11pm

    Re: Not Putting Words in Mouths

    I never moved mine. I bought a stand it was the right size. The stand gave way. Tv falling forward killing my daughter. So there was nothing on the tv, But did you know the gov. dont have the company's guide lines. So if something you buy falls on someone you love. You can't blame store or the company. Then you will see how we feel with out her. But god did pick me to be her mommy. I am thankful cause she is still my daughter no matter what..... But you know people dont know this danger but hospital and er do.... that even sadder cause they dont tell the public

     

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    mother to angel in heaven, Jul 22nd, 2007 @ 11:17pm

    Re: So, where are the parents?

    Hello I know of 4mo old died from a tv falling on him. You know they were all watching tv together. I know this dad. Cause my daughter died last year. He has kept in touch with me. Study have show that you can get there in time. So Please go to memory-of.com and look at some of the children that have died this way.... As for the cart in store's they are sign's on them. TV's dont. So remember that....

     

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