Tipping television sets are threats to children

By Tom Nordlie • Published: August 17th, 2009
Category: Health in a Heartbeat

Television is often considered harmful to young minds.

And a recently published study shows T-V sets can also pose a threat to young bodies.

According to the journal Clinical Pediatrics, falling televisions injure thousands of children each year.

In the study, researchers analyzed records from almost one-hundred hospital emergency departments, from 1990 through 2007.

They reviewed about eighty-five-hundred cases where furniture items fell on children ages seventeen and younger.

The per-capita incidence increased by about twenty percent from 1990 to 2007. T-V sets were the items most commonly involved.

These accidents often occurred when younger children climbed on furniture.

Extrapolating from the data, researchers estimated that during the study period more than eighty-six-thousand injuries occurred when T-V sets fell on children ages four and younger.

They cited several reasons why the problem is on the upswing.

One is, manufacturers are making bigger, heavier T-V sets. Another is that televisions are sometimes placed on dressers and shelving units that aren’t designed to hold heavy objects.

Finally, parents aren’t always vigilant. Sometimes they neglect to secure T-V sets so that they can’t be tipped over.

Using straps or brackets to anchor T-V sets and the furniture they sit on can make a big difference.

There’s a saying that goes, “it takes a village to raise a child.”

Mass communications have turned the world into a global village. But when it comes to safety in the home, it still takes a parent.

And maybe a few wall brackets.