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Cuomo signs bills to reduce infant deaths, injury from household items

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed three bills Tuesday designed to reduce the number of children harmed by furniture tipping over and crib bumper pads.

The first bill enacts Harper’s Law, which clarifies existing law surrounding the sale of new furniture. It requires retailers to either sell furniture that complies with federal and industry standards regarding tipping risk, or to sell compatible tip-restraint devices with furniture and include notices informing consumers of possible tipping risk.

The law, which takes effect in 90 days, was named after 3-year-old Harper Ayva Fried, of Orange County, who died in 2016 after her bedroom dresser fell on top of her.

The second bill requires child care centers and similar facilities around the state to anchor heavy dressers or tube-style televisions to the wall. It takes effect in 180 days.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, one child dies every two weeks from a television, furniture or appliance falling on them — either because it crushes them to death or because they are trapped and unable to breathe. Children between the ages of 1 and 5 account for most of the deaths.

Falling furniture also causes roughly 25,400 injuries a year, the commission reports.

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