About 17,000 children are admitted to the emergency room each year as a result of TVs falling on them, a recent study found. Larry Magid talks with Ryan Hagberg of Sanus about the dangers and some ways to reduce risk.
A study published in July by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that "more than 17,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency departments each year for a TV-related injury, equaling one child every 30 minutes."
Flat-screen TVs may be lighter than the old cathode ray tubes but, says Ryan Hagberg of Sanus (a company that makes mounting brackets and furniture to secure TVs), "they've become much bigger and more top heavy so they're more susceptible to being tipped over." He said that one danger is when parents put the remote on top of the TV "and a curious child wants to get to that remote to turn the TV on so they end up climbing up the stand that holds the TV and grabbing the top of the TV and pulling it over on themselves." A colleague of mine suggested another possibility: could kids be poking at TVs, thinking that they are touch screens?
The study also found:
SafeKids World Wide (whose Web site SafeKids.org is not related to my site SafeKids.com) recommends:
Sanus' Ryan Hagberg said that if wall-mounting is not an option, families should consider strapping the TV to the stand or look for stands that enable you to secure the TV.
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