When we hear about children getting hurt, it’s usually from falling of their bike or playing sports. Those are not the only ways children can injure themselves. The number of children getting hurt from falling TVs or pieces of furniture have largened, with over 13,000 kids in America. That is a large increase over a decade. Another sad statistic is One Child Dies Every Three Weeks from a TV Tipping Over. Many would be shocked and horrified by the rising number.
According to a Consumer Product Safety Commission report, children under the age or five are at risk, with accounting 72% of injuries. The weight of a 36-inch bulky, old cathode ray tube (CRT) television falling three feet is a similar momentum to a 1-year-old falling 10 stories. Potential hazards are everywhere, especially since children love to explore the house. That is why it is of importance to prevent any future television or furniture tip-overs in the home.
One way is to stop these drops from occurring is by placing heavy televisions closer to the ground. If it is a flat screen, make sure that is safely secured onto the wall. Go to www.safekids.org to find out what else can be done to decrease the number of TV injuries.