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Durinf, the swnmer ~onths of lao.>t ye3.r r.e;spapers and
macazines t~roq"hout the nation carried numerous s~ories of
tragic accidents in which ci.ild!'en , playinc in old ice: boxes ,
refrigeravors and freezers , s:lUt t:;.e: !Selves in ar,d v1ere
The untiuely dec.tL of so : .. any childrc.~ in discarded ice
boxes brout.,ht prom~t acLion OIJ r~.any ci·>~ic t;r~ups and puolic
spirited organizatio~s . 7he~e campaitns set about to have all
hazaraous refrigera~ora , ice boxes, and freezers de~troyed or
have tLe latcnas anJ door3 re!'loved . .PreMiWl1S \fcre offered in
some cities by local :nerc .. a11ts for doors that .• t:re removed
frol:l the ice ;;oxes .
In accord i.,ri th tl-.e ca. ~paiun for c•1ildren ' s safety at
the local. level, a,)proxir:1ately 15 states have E::nactcd leoisl3.
tion ~vt.ich forbid.:;; the a~an...i.oning of old boxes where tltey
are accessible to children .
Si nce the initiative to destroy all old boxes has been
taken at the state and local level it seems logical that
Congress should pass legizlation which would prevent accidents
of this kind in the :uture .
The bill which I have just introduced will do just th~t .
The bill would reouire inside latches on the doors of refrizerators
, ice boxes , ice chests , or deep freezers s~i~;ed in
interstate comMerce . The proposed l~tislation would apply
to rousehold refrirer:tt-ors of a capacity of one anl one- Lalf
cu')ic r~ ct or more an::l all those Lo .vould violate this Ja.1 ,
if enacted , would be ;uilty of a misdemeanor •
. 4.'hat rreatE::r s~tisfaction could .·1e have ti1an in th~
realiza t ion that e ~ave helped save the lives of the many
children that .i;-ht die eacr! year in this m3.n!ler .
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Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 37, Folder 17, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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