Safe Kids Worldwide Report-Child Deaths and Injuries from TV Tip-overs

When our oldest who is an  adult now was just 2 she pulled the TV down on top of her. Luckily the TV was not too big and it  did not completely fall on  her. I believe the cord  slowed it down. Luckily the outcome was not  bad. Sadly this is not the case for everyone.

New Report by Safe Kids Worldwide and SANUS reveals a 31% Increase in Injuries from Television Tip-Overs in the Last 10 Years

A new report released recently by Safe Kids Worldwide and SANUS revealed that every three weeks, a child dies from a television tipping over and nearly 13,000 more children are injured each year in the U.S. This represents a 31 percent increase in TV tip-over-related injuries over the last ten years.

The report also revealed that three out of four parents don’t secure their TV to the wall. Most families are unaware that securing a TV is an important safety measure. Others decide not to mount their TVs because of concerns about damaging the wall or installing the TV incorrectly.

You wouldn’t think to bring a baby home from the hospital without a car seat or have your child ride a bike without a helmet,” said Carr. “Mounting your TV will protect your TV, and most important, your child.

Safe Kids Worldwide is launching a national effort to prevent injuries from TV and furniture tip-overs and educate communities by calling on families to conduct a quick TV safety check, which includes the following steps:

  • Check Your TV. Assess the stability of the TVs in your home.  Remember, a curious, determined child can topple a TV. Children playing with friends or pets could knock a TV over, while other kids might be tempted to climb up to reach items placed on or near a TV, such as remote controls or candy.
  • Secure Your TV. Securing your TV to the wall is a safe solution. Much like child proofing with a toddler gate or electrical socket cover, TV mounts and furniture straps are necessary precautions for keeping your family safe.

After the scare we had with our first child we knew to make sure everything was secure from then on. It was senseless for us not to take the added steps to be safe. What about you? Is your television  secure?

 

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Comments

  1. I read this a few weeks ago or so, I was surprised at it. Thanks for sharing, we should always remember these things can happen, yet many of us never think about it.

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