The number of Children in the United States injured by falling television sets has climbed exponentially over the past two decades, bringing to light a serious yet preventable issue that researchers say should be addressed.
A repor, published in a recent issue of the journal Pediatrics found that between 1990 and 2011, more than 380,000 children were treated in emergency rooms for TV-related injuries. Falling TVs were responsible for half of the injuries. The second most common cause of TV-related injuries was from children striking at them. The report did not include data on TV injury-related fatalities.
Injuries from falling TVs increased a whopping 95 percent during the 22-year study period. Researchers speculate that this may be because American households now own more TVs than ever before. In fact, 99 percent of American households have at least one TV, and more than half of all households have three or more.
Also, the newer flat screen TVs are easier to tip than older, CRT-display televisions. Other culprits include TVs placed on unstable furniture. Injuries from falling TVs included cuts, soft tissue injuries, concussions and closed head injuries. Head and neck injuries were the most common, however only 2.6 percent required hospitalization.
Researchers suggest parents anchor their television sets and not to put remotes or toys or other items on top of the TV that might tempt children to climb them. Flat screen TVs can also be mounted on the wall or anchored to furniture to prevent injury.