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November 20, 1954


JAMA. 1954;156(12):1193. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950120067028

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To the Editor:—  On page 229 of The Journal, Sept. 18, 1954, in the article "An Experience in the Formation of a Committee on Accident Prevention in Children," the authors state, "We called municipal legislators and initiated and lobbied for ordinances such as those requiring the compulsory removal of unused iceboxes." Such action is laudable, but such ordinances, if enacted, would probably be difficult to enforce if not ignored until a child died because of neglect or nonenforcement of the law.It would appear better to obtain federal legislation requiring all manufacturers of refrigerators to equip all refrigerators of such a size that a child could enter—say more than 2 cu. ft. capacity—with latch releases on the inside of the door. A simple pressure plate, about 2 by 2 in. in size, installed in a suitable place would do the trick and should cost no more than $2.00 extra on

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