Lawmakers to take up the Sturdy Act

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) — National lawmakers are taking a matter of household safety into their own hands.

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have a hearing scheduled on the Sturdy Act.  It would require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to create mandatory standards to prevent free standing furniture from tipping.

There’s been similar legislation introduced in 2016, but the Sturdy Act is stricter, modifying height and weight limits, demonstrating real world testing and requiring more consumer warnings.

Lawmakers say there are more than 25,000 children hurt from dressers tipping over every year.

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