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8 on Your Side: Preventing Flat-Screen TV Accidents

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LAS VEGAS - If a flat-screen television was under your Christmas tree this holiday season, 8 on Your Side offers tips on how to keep it from tipping over and injuring your loved ones.

Stores offered many great deals on televisions this holiday season. If you're one of the lucky families who got one, you're going to need to pick up some extras. Televisions are some of the most dangerous items in your house for your kids.

Forty one children died last year from a flat-screen TV or other piece of furniture tipping over on them. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, that is the highest number ever. The number of injuries is even higher. More than 43,000 have been hurt by a TV tipping over.

While these statistics are scary, there is good news. You can affordably prevent these accidents by purchasing an anti-tip TV strap. They are only $10 and help guarantee tragedy won't strike. You can buy them almost anywhere televisions are sold.

A sturdy stand with the TV close to the wall can also work. You can also anchor your TV to the wall with an anchor kit that can be purchased at any hardware store.

If you have a consumer complaint you want investigated, visit our website or call 8 on Your Side at 650-1907.

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