Many people don’t realize there are certain appliances in their homes that can create real hazards.
This is because appliances, such as ovens that are insecure, can tip over. At least 34 people have been killed in tip-over accidents in homes across the country since 1980. The accidents are frustrating for safety advocates, who have tried for years to get both the manufacturer’s ad consumers to recognize the risk.
For example, the installation of a simple bracket can secure an appliance to a wall and that will solve the problem. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission counted 107 incidents resulting in injury or death from 1980 through 2006. Those included 33 fatalities – nearly half involving children under age two – and 84 injuries. Regardless of age, most injuries were burns from hot liquids spilled from pots or pans when a range tipped.
Of course, the real danger is when a stove or other appliance tips over and falls on a person.
If you or someone you know has a child who has been injured by one of child accidents listed above you need information.