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Health District Advises Securing TV when Childproofing Home

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KENNEWICK, WA. - A word of warning after a tragic accident killed an 18-month-old boy in Richland over the weekend.

Police say the boy died from injuries he suffered when a large TV fell on top of him.

When it comes to childproofing your home for a young one, people might not think of their TV. But these items can't be forgotten.

The Health District tells NBC Right Now TV's tipping over are a major hazard that should be secured, just like drawers and electric sockets, when you prepare your home for a child.Health officials suggest using brackets or other devices to secure your TV.

Also, don't leave items near a TV that might attract a child, like toys, candy or the remote in reach.

"Televisions do represent a potential safety hazard. Kids can tip them over. Televisions should be secured. If it's one of the older ones not the flat screen ones be sure that it's on a low flat platform," said Dr. Amy Person, Benton Franklin Health District.

With holiday family gatherings approaching, Dr. Person suggests that everyone check their home for any hazards including large electronics like a TV.

These items can be extremely heavy and the minor effort to secure them could save a life.