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Hints From Heloise: A heavy price to pay

Dear Readers: Earlier this year, I ran a column about the hazards of heavy furniture and unsecured TVS FALLING ON CHILDREN. This happens more than you really want to know! In years past, thousands of children, most under age 6, have gone to an emergency room for injuries from a tipped-over TV.

This potentially deadly situation warrants repeating this warning.

As newer flat-screen models are purchased and mounted on walls, older, heavier TVs most likely are going into bedrooms, dens or even playrooms. The problem: These older models are probably being set on a dresser, bookcase, etc., which can be an accident just begging to take place! Don’t curious children like to climb? Think about it. Look around your home.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that ALL TVs be anchored with straps, L braces, etc. Or, set a free-standing older model as far back on the furniture as possible. Also, be certain that the furniture is stable and strong enough to hold a heavy TV. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: A great glass and window cleaner is a wet-mop refill that has a scrubbing strip. Simply squeeze to remove excess fluid, and then wipe. Shine with a microfiber cloth. Keep one in a zippered bag in your vehicle to clean the windshield when the bugs hit it. -- Duncan, via e-mail


Dear Heloise: My wife and I have three toy poodles that are an important part of our family. We used to give them small treats, such as imitation bacon, which is not cheap and probably not the best for their health.

We discovered something they love to eat, and it is cheap and healthy. Our dogs go crazy over a small piece of raw carrot! -- Doug J., Denham Springs, La.


Dear Heloise: At a time when we are rightly concerned for our security, I suggest that one should not have house keys on the same key ring as car keys. If somebody steals your car, that person also would have access to your house. -- Ellen in Lake Providence, La.

Ellen, good point.The thief would have access to your home, but only if there is information in the auto with a home address on it. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: When I have to carry several things up to the second floor, I put as many as I can on the third or fourth step, and I climb behind. I repeat this again until I reach the top floor.

I do the same in reverse when coming down. -- Don, via e-mail

Heloise’s column appears six days a week at Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, or e-mail it to

, King Features Syndicate



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