An AP story recently reported the death of three young children who were killed by televisions that fell off of stands or furniture. Of course, any time a kid dies it’s tragic, but after giving those details, the story went on:
The deaths have prompted a plea by some grieving mothers for new laws that would mandate warning labels about the potential danger of top-heavy or poorly place TVs.
Warning labels? To tell adults that large, heavy objects can fall and crush their children? If these parents aren’t already aware of the Law Of Gravity, what possible good is a warning label going to do?
The story continued by quoting the mother of an 8-year-old boy who was killed while playing a video game on a 19″ television:
“If there were warning labels, or if there was any awareness that this could be a danger, believe me, the kind of mother I am, I wouldn’t have even let my son have a TV in his room.”
Awareness this could be a danger? How about the danger of letting an 8-year-old have a TV in his room to begin with, regardless of the family’s lack of knowledge of Sir Isaac Newton?
Wondering how many kids die each year because of falling televisions? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it’s a grand total of six. Again, every one of those deaths is sad, but parents who don’t take responsibility for their own actions is even sadder.
Maybe mom and dad need a warning label, “Caution: Making a child is easy, raising one is hard.”