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Inventor hopes to prevent furniture deaths

September 18, 2006

Albany-- So far this year, ten children nationwide have died from furniture and televisions falling on them. Last year at least 3,000 children were injured. A South Georgia man may just have the remedy.

Logan Moore is just like many 4-year-old boys.  He spends lots of time laying back and watching a little television. "I watch funny stuff and cartoons," says Logan.

But one of his favorite pastimes can be a big fear for his mother. Casey Moore has two small children in the house and doesn't want either one close to the television.

"I've always had a fear of them falling out, just smashing them if it fell out on them," says Moore. And she doesn't trust what can sometimes be unsturdy furniture.  But what you could call the inventor next door just might have the answer.

"The name that I've trademarked now is Ankor, A-N-K-O-R," says inventor Donnie Faulk. It's an invention that could spell safety for families nationwide.  Donnie Faulk dreamed the idea up while watching a segment on furniture deaths several years ago.  Before he knew it, there was a patent with his name on it.

"You put one end to the wall, one end to the furniture," says Faulk. Right now the idea is on paper and Faulk has been busy getting the project off the ground.  Once funded, he says the Ankor will begin fulfilling it's purpose.

"The way I look at it is if you save the children from something happening to them in their younger years then they'll be able to grow up and live healthy lives," says Faulk.

Casey Moore says amen to that. "I just think it would be a wonderful idea," says Moore. Until then, she'll continue keeping a close eye on her two handfuls and teaching them how to be careful.  Little Logan already knows a thing or two.

"That can break and that can break and even that can break," says Logan pointing to items in the house.

Maybe that is the answer, teaching kids early, but some added security from the inventor next door could be the best tip to prevent future furniture tip-overs.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports t-v tip-over deaths at twice the typical yearly average so far this year. Faulk is still trying to get funding for his invention but hopes to have 600 pieces ready by this year.

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