In December 2012, we posted an OnSafety blog, warning of furniture, television and appliance-related tip-over incidents. At that time, CPSC reported nearly 350 deaths, most involving young children. Since then, more than 80 people have died when a dresser, TV, bookcase, table, appliance or other large item tipped over and fell on them. A new report from our staff indicates that 430 tragic deaths occurred between 2000 and 2013, and an estimated 38,000 annual injuries, many of which were serious, from 2011 through 2013.
In most of the incidents, a child was crushed by the product or struck on the head by the product. What is remarkable is the number of families who have turned tragedy into advocacy. Jackie Collas, a Philadelphia-area resident, is using social media to honor her son, Curren, and encourage parents to anchor their furniture. Lisa Seifert of Chicago created Shane’s Foundation to honor her precious son and to increase awareness, education and safety.
To view the Multimedia News Release, go to http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7085251-cpsc-reports-430-tip-over-deaths-anchor-it-and-protect-a-child/
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the “Big Four” of 2004, when, for the first time in recorded history, four hurricanes struck the Florida coast in one year. Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne caused an estimated $45 billion in damage, the costliest U.S. Atlantic hurricane season on record at that time.
Flooding is the Nation’s costliest and deadliest natural disaster, affecting every state in the United States. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), storm surge poses the greatest threat to life and property along U.S. coasts.
Dr. Rick Knabb, director of the NHC, stated, “Hurricanes and flooding can pose serious risks to your family and property. By making a plan and taking preventive actions, you can get ahead of the storm and protect what matters to you.”
To view the Multimedia News Release, go to http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7249151-national-hurricane-center-flash-flood-preparedness-2014-hurricane-season/
Lynn Napoli Marynowski and her younger brother Frank Napoli are as close as a big sister and little brother can be. They are an extension of their tight-knit family. From being raised together (along with a brother), to working together—Lynn has worked at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for 25 years and Frank 17 years—and, to this day, still living nearby each other, their parents and brother in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, Lynn and Frank share a close sibling connection. So, when Lynn was struck with the diagnosis of Stage 3 breast cancer back in June 2012, that road—no matter how long—would also be theirs to travel together.
To view Multimedia News Release, go to http://www.multivu.com/mnr/63625-northwestern-memorial-hospital-lynn-sage-cancer-research-foundation
The lucky audience invited to attend a special sneak preview of KATY PERRY: PART OF ME at the Apollo West End in London on Thursday, 7th June, was given an added surprise when the pop superstar turned up in person to introduce her new 3D feature.
Completely unaware of Katy’s appearance in advance, the awe-struck crowd cheered and applauded enthusiastically as she made her way into the auditorium, where she also took time to hand out 3D glasses and popcorn to her eager audience.
To view Multimedia News Release, go to http://www.multivu.com/mnr/56542-paramount-pictures-katy-perry-part-of-me
Struck by their deep connection, after three weeks of dating, Russell knew he and JennaBeth would be together forever. They married and children followed. Shortly after the birth of their third child, JennaBeth suddenly went into cardiac arrest. Numb with shock, Russell feared their forever wouldn’t be as long as he had anticipated.
This is their story.
To view Multimedia News Release, go to http://www.multivu.com/mnr/53643-northwestern-mutual-client-story-fitch-family-planning-your-forever