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Common household objects may present an unforeseen child hazard

You may remember the tragic story recently that involved a toddler at a Payless shoe store, who was killed when a wall mirror fell on top of her. At the law offices of Lopez, Severt & Pratt Co., L.P.A., we are dismayed to admit that unsecured, heavy objects found in homes, daycares, schools and stores present more dangers than you and other Ohio parents may realize.

In fact, the problem is so prevalent that Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company has issued a safety campaign regarding the hazards of under-secured television sets and furnishings. Large TVs are said to be responsible for a child being taken to the emergency room once every 45 minutes across the United States. In addition to toppling televisions, your children may be injured by cabinets, dressers, tables, large appliances, decorations and other heavy or bulky items found around the home or other settings that may at first glance seem child-friendly.

Authorities believed that the mirror that fell on the child at Payless was only secured by a single screw. As you might understand, it is crucial to ensure that items which may be tipped over or knocked off a wall are securely mounted to walls with multiple attachment points, anchored to the wall or floor or placed out of a child’s reach.

It is a property owner’s responsibility to take precautions to keep visitors and shoppers safe, especially when children are present. Our wrongful death page explains more about what to do if your family has been impacted by a tragedy due to someone else’s negligence.

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