Toddler’s death brings attention to unstable furniture

CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA – A television set toppled off of a dresser and killed a 3-year-old twin sister while she was in her family’s garage playroom at 6 p.m. Sept. 6, at the 1200 block of Loch Lomond Drive.
The toddler, Isabella Burrell-Rodriguez, was rushed to Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, which is just about a half-mile from the girl’s home, and was then airlifted to Rady Children’s Hospital where she was died at 8:49 p.m.
Her death was ruled an accident by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office.
Between 8,000 and 10,000 people are injured each year by falling furniture, and the majority of them are children, according to the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
Parents are urged by the CPSC to be familiar with tip-over standard for chests, armoires and TV stands, and to purchase furniture that meets the voluntary tip-over standards. Existing furniture that is unstable can be anchored to the wall.

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