Leave Sarah Palin alone! (alternate title: Death by TV)

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

If you missed my first blog entry on this subject, or if you just read the title instead of the whole article, you probably missed what my first blog entry was all about:

  • NOT Sarah Palin!
  • NOT Alaska!
  • NOT her husband!
  • NOT her children!
  • NOT the number of children (although she might be helping to overpopulate the earth)!
  • NOT her qualifications or lack thereof!
  • NOT her speaking ability (or her ability to bash those with whom she disagrees)!
  • NOT abortion!
  • NOT unwed children!
  • NOT pregnant teenagers!
  • NOT sex education (or lack thereof)!


None of the above.

Instead, my first blog entry on this subject, for those of you who neglected to read past the headline (I guess I should have expected that; it is the political season after all. LOL) was actually about taking care of our own children and not worrying about someone else's children who live halfway across the planet. Rather:

This past week here in San Diego, two children, both less than a year old, died from having televisions fall on them. A follow-up appeared in yesterday's San Diego Union-Tribune. Unfortunately, the article is not available online, which is rare with the Union-Tribune, so I'll have to summarize:

Sue Cox, trauma services director at Rady Children's Hospital, reports that 28 children were treated at their hospital during the past two years. That's two per month! And that's just at their hospital! Of the 28 children treated, one was 8 and the other 27 were younger than three.

There have been three deaths.

As Ms. Cox said, "People think that if something's heavy, it's stable, but if you go behind a dresser or bookcase [or television] and push on it, you'll see [what can happen]."

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning in September 2006 about televisions falling over on children. In the first seven months of 2006, 10 children died.

Ms Cox continues: "It's a really bad idea to put TVs or VCRs on top of dressers. That is really enticing to kids, who love to reach for those things or pull out dresser drawers and climb to get what they want."

In my own words:

Check your house and talk to your own relatives, your children's friends' parents, business associates, and anyone else about this danger. Heck, do a blog about it for your own customers. Send out a helpful reminder email or postcard to your Clients. Take action. After all, we need all of our children because among them will come the next Michael Phelps.


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Tim Maitski
HomeAtlanta.com - Sandy Springs, GA
Editor of MaitskiREport.com

That's the trouble with sarcasm.  Sometimes it's just not clear.  I would have used "Should Sarah Palin ...?  instead of making a statement that leaves it unclear to the reader.

The rest of your post talked about keeping kids safe at home.  I wasn't certain if you thought that maybe mothers in general should stay at home in order to protect them better.

Sep 06, 2008 03:54 AM #1
Randall Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL

Wow, it took a while to get to your point, but it is a good one.  Maybe with wall mounted flat screens we can save lives.

Sep 06, 2008 03:58 AM #2
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

Come on a want a hockey mom running the country and having to deal with all the wars we have gotten into.  But thanks for the pointers on TVs on top of dressers

Sep 06, 2008 04:05 AM #3
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Since ActiveRain refuses to give us emoticons, and now that Michael Thornton has introduced me to Windows Live Writer (see my previous blog post), I can use color to get the message across.

Sep 06, 2008 04:05 AM #4
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Jim - I looked at your previous post and I can see that people would jump to conclusions.  I thought this post was going to be about protecting unborn children, but you make a valid point about safety.

Sep 06, 2008 04:10 AM #5
Manolis "Manny" Sfinarolakis
Keller Williams Realty - West Hartford, CT

That is terrifying.  Thank you for informing us.

Kind regards,


Sep 06, 2008 04:25 AM #6
Kevin Pierce
Cascade Builder Services - Tacoma, WA
New Construction Warranty Management

Jim-Did you see my link on your other post?  I thought it was pretty funny, hope you got a chuckle.  I guess you'd have to have seen the original Britney Spears one to appreciate the humor though.

Sep 06, 2008 05:28 AM #7
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Hey, Kevin. I saw it, and the Britney Spears one. I give you credit for the title to this blog post.

Sep 06, 2008 07:14 AM #8
Scott Hoen
Looking for Opportunities - Yorba Linda, CA
VP, Marketing Systems & Sales Tech, 714-270-9607

Right on -- I am also surprised how many do not have all their other book cases anchored in the event the big one even comes.

Sep 06, 2008 07:17 AM #9
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Excellent post, They make wall anchors that can prevent this but most peopel do not use them.  I can remember bolting my entertainment center togtheher to prevent this problem.  This is a very avoidable problem thanks for the reminder!

Sep 07, 2008 03:03 AM #10
Edie Lomason
Michael Saunders & Company - Venice, FL


Free standing ranges  come with an anti-tip bracket that most people don't. use  I find the bracket in the bag with the manual.


Sep 07, 2008 01:52 PM #11
Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
Bennion Deville Homes - Palm Springs, CA
Bennion Deville Homes - Broker Associate

Sarah Palin abused her power as Alaska's governor by trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from the state police, a state investigator's report has concluded.

Oct 10, 2008 01:27 PM #12
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Jim, You invite comments like the one above by using a candidate in your title. Your post deserves better than that. Try reposting with a more appropriate title. More people need to be aware of this danger.

Bill Roberts

Oct 11, 2008 03:47 AM #14
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