Study: Falling TVs injure growing number of children

Study: Falling TVs injure growing number of children

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The study says newer flat-screen TVs may be easier to tip over than the older, heavier TVs. The study says newer flat-screen TVs may be easier to tip over than the older, heavier TVs.
The problem with safety mounts is many big retailers simply don't carry them. The problem with safety mounts is many big retailers simply don't carry them.
"There has actually been a 31 percent increase in the last ten years in TV tip-overs," Susan Cook said. "There has actually been a 31 percent increase in the last ten years in TV tip-overs," Susan Cook said.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - New research shows a child is injured by a falling TV in the U.S. every 30 minutes. The American Academy of Pediatrics released its findings Monday morning in a new report.

According to the study more than 17,000 kids each year are injured by TVs falling on top of them. Between 2000 and 2011, 215 children died in such accidents.
 
Susan Cook is the injury prevention coordinator at East Tennessee Children's Hospital and also works with the organization Safe Kids. She says the organization did a similar study last year with similar findings.

"There has actually been a 31 percent increase in the last ten years in TV tip-overs," said Cook. "So we're seeing them very much on the rise."
     
The study says newer flat-screen TVs may be easier to tip over than the older, heavier TVs.
     
Experts say better awareness is needed about the dangers, especially the risks of TVs on top of furniture that young children may try to climb.

"There are different anchoring systems that you can purchase," said Cook. "There's some that attach to the furniture and there's some that attach to the wall."

The problem with these safety mounts is many big retailers simply don't carry them. Parents are left having to search the Internet to find them, which can take time and cost more money.

Some companies are now including mounts with their TVs, but Cook says just the mount alone is not enough.

"Just because it comes with that television doesn't necessarily mean that parents will utilize it," said Cook. "So they really need to come with some education on the importance of being anchored."

Safety advocates are now pushing for the Consumer Product Safety Commission to require mounts be included on all TVs.

More information and safety tips are available on the Safe Kids website.

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