Study shines light on seldom talked about TV danger to children

Posted on: 10:51 am, July 24, 2013, by and , updated on: 11:46am, July 24, 2013

Flat screen TV

A new study is highlighting a seldom-mentioned danger TVs pose to children.

According to an NBC News report by Lisa Flam, falling TVs send a child to the hospital every 30 minutes.

The report states the number of children injured by falling TVs has increased 125 percent between 1990 and 2011.

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Overall, more than 17,000 children were treated each year for television-related injuries, that is one child every half hour.

From 2000 to 2011, NBC News reported 215 kids died from injuries caused by falling TVs.

The rise in injuries can be attributed to increased numbers of TVs in homes and furniture not designed to hold them.

Tips from SafeKids.org on how to stabilize any TV 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

The Consumer Electronics Association has also developed a flyer on TV placement safety to be included in TV instruction manuals, according to its website.