As news of the Royal baby’s birth spread across my home page, this headline caught my eye… EVERY 30 MINUTES A FALLING TV SENDS A CHILD TO THE ER. I’m compelled to pass along this information, as I knew the risk, but didn’t realize how common of an injury or even deadly the TV really is.
Children under 5 are the most at risk from a television falling over onto them. According to a new ER study, the number of children injured by a falling TV has increased by 125 percent from 1990 -2011, prompting greater prevention efforts.
Dr. Gary Smith says ‘This is a very serious problem that is 100 percent preventable. A child is dying every 3 weeks from a TV tip over and the numbers are going up’
The rising numbers of injuries dispels the belief that, with the increasing numbers of flat screen TV’s the fewer tip over injuries we would see. It has actually been the opposite. Often the older TV is being put on a dresser or armoire that is not meant to hold it.
The most common injuries are to the head and neck, ranging from bruising to death.
Parents must anchor the TV to the wall, and if it is on top of a piece of furniture anchor the furniture as well. Never put the remote controls or toys on top of the TV, to prevent children from climbing to get them.
Some safety tips:
- Assess the stability of the TVs in your home.
- Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall to prevent them from toppling off stands. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you have a secure fit.
- If you have a large, heavy, old-style cathode ray tube (CRT) TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture.
- Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall.
Find more on how to stabilize your TV at www.safekids.org