Preventing TV and Furniture Tip Overs
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A new research report entitled “A Report to The Nation on Home Safety: The Dangers of TV Tip-Overs” was released by Safe Kids Worldwide and SANUS that revealed from 2000 to 2010, some shocking statistics:
- Every three weeks, a child dies from a television tipping over.
- Every 45 minutes, or less than the length of a Sesame Street episode, a child is sent to the emergency department due to a TV tip-over.
- Nearly 13,000 children aged 19 and under are injured in the U.S. each year by a television tipping over – a 31 percent increase over the last ten years.
- Children under five were at the greatest risk accounting for 7 out of 10 incidents. This age group also accounts for 9 out of 10 serious injuries requiring hospitalization. Head injuries are the most severe injury seen.
- Three out of four parents don’t secure their TV to the wall.
TV Tip-Overs are caused by unsecured TVs. Flat screen TVs that are top-heavy with narrow bases can be easily pulled off an entertainment center, TV stand or table. Bulky, old-style cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs placed on dressers or high furniture can also tip over if children climb up to reach a remote control, a piece of candy, a video game or anything else that attracts their attention.
There are some simple things you can do to prevent these tragic accidents from happening:
- Check TVs – Assess the stability of the TV’s in your home. Remember that TVs can be toppled by curious, determined children, children playing with friends or pets, or by children that have been tempted to climb up on the TV or piece of furniture the TV is on to reach objects placed there like the remote, toys, or candy.
- Secure TVs – Mount flat screen TVs to the wall to reduce the risk of TVs toppling off stands. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you protect your wall and 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.
- Secure Furniture - Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall. Install stops on dresser drawers to prevent them from being pulled all the way out. Multiple open drawers can cause the weight to shift, making it easier for a dresser to fall.
- Rearrange Household Items - Keep heavier items on lower shelves or in lower drawers. Avoid placing remote controls, food, toys or other items in places where kids might be tempted to climb up or reach for them.
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