TV-Falling Incidents Injure 380,000 Children August 13, 2015 – Posted in: Safety, TV Mounts – Tags: child safety, TV safety
Parents are usually extremely careful about baby-proofing their house and indulging in the generic “close the toilet seat lids” and “keep the detergents away” policies, but in the new millennium, an unlikely problem has turned up. According to Neilson , the average US home has 2.5 residents and 2.8 TV sets. All those TVs pose a very real threat to your kids! TV-falling related incidents have reached an unprecedented number with more than 380,000 children suffering from TV falling injuries between 1990 and 2011. This is roughly one incident every 30 minutes! 64% of those injured were toddlers below 5 years of age! Young children who are easily drawn to the bright colors of the TV are sadly unaware of the danger that may befall them . The parents are not to be blamed either as this problem arises more due to the lack of awareness than negligence. A 2011 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report makes it clear just how serious the matter is:
According to Gary Hill, a pediatrician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, “This is a seriously growing problem. A child’s dying once every three weeks from a TV tip-over. The numbers are going up. This is a call to action. These are 100 percent preventable injuries.”
This shocking report further mentions that 80% of TV-falling related deaths are attributed to children less than 8 years old.
To avoid such a tragedy in your own homes, please follow these simple steps:
|Victim Age (years)||Estimate Number||Percentage of Injuries|
|Below 9 years||22,800||53%|
|10 to 19 years||3,400||8%|
|20 to 29 years||4900||11%|
|30 to 39 years||3600||8%|
|40 to 49 years||3300||8%|
|50 to 59 years||2500||6%|
- Avoid placing the remote control (or toys) on top of the television or the furniture it sits on, so kids won’t try to climb up after them.
- Teach your children not to play with electrical cords and outlets.
- The best solution, according to many home safety experts, is to mount your TV on the wall. A child can’t topple over a TV that is out of reach! Loctek has had zero instances of injuries from such a risk, and mounting your TV on the wall remains the safest option.