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Study examines number of children injured by falling TVs

Saturday July 27, 2013
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More than 17,000 children are treated in EDs in the United States each year because of a TV-related injury, equaling one child every 30 minutes, according to a study.

Injuries caused by falling TVs accounted for 12,300 injuries among children younger than 18 in 2011, representing a 125% increase from 1990. Of the injuries, 46% occurred when a TV fell off a dresser or armoire, with 31% occurring when a TV fell from an entertainment center or TV stand.

Children younger than 5 represented 64.3% of all injured patients, with boys accounting for 60.8% of cases, according to the study, which is scheduled for publication in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics. Injuries most commonly were to the head/neck (63.3%), followed by the legs (21.5%).

With the increasing rate of injuries caused by falling TVs, additional steps should be taken to keep children safe, wrote researchers with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Safety anchors or anti-tip devices should be provided with every television at the time of purchase and through distribution programs, along with educational materials.

Manufacturers should redesign TVs to improve stability, and parents should be advised not to put remote controls or toys on top of a TV, which can potentially result in a tip-over if a child tries to climb and reach them

Download a PDF of the study: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/07/17/peds.2013-1086.


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