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Toppling Televisions: Protection Tips and What to Do In Case of Injury

March 15, 2016

Toppling TVs Are a Serious Risk

When we think of hazardous incidents with televisions, we often focus on electrical and fire issues. However, reports have recently surfaced that toppling TVs are causing a large number of injuries. These injuries have increased as the cost of television sets has decreased and become far more common items in nearly every room of the home.

Though TVs are becoming slimmer than ever, they are still relatively heavy for a household object, and consumers frequently place them on surfaces that weren’t designed to hold the weight of a television. Dr. Michael Cusimano recently published the results of a study that discussed this issue in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.

Falling TV Injuries: A Problem on the Rise

In his report, Cusimano states that falling TVs are injuring children at an unprecedented rate. Between 2006 and 2008, there were 16,500 injuries related to falling TVs, and between 2008 and 2010 there were 19,200. Additionally, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states that between 2011 and 2013, there were 279 child deaths due to TV-related injuries. However, Cusimano indicates that the circumstances that lead to these injuries and fatalities are both predictable and preventable.

According to Cusimano, mobile infants and toddlers are most likely to be injured in these kinds of accidents, as many young children are curious about their environment but don’t understand the dangers surrounding them. Unfortunately, parental inattention played a role in many of these injuries. Cusimano’s study researched 29 cases and found that 84% of incidents happened in the child’s home and 75% of the incidents were unobserved by parents.

Some Guidelines on Prevention

Fortunately Dr. Cusimano and other medical professionals have published some tips and guidelines to prevent TV-related injuries. These include:

Better Education – Facts like those listed above regarding falling TV-related injuries must be provided to parents, children, and medical professionals.

Smarter Placement – A safe and secure wall mount is by far the safest choice when executed properly. Parents should not place TVs near the front edge of tables or home entertainment stands; rather, they should set the TV further back from the edge and use a lower stand whenever possible. Parents must also remember not to have their children’s toys near the TV stand or wall mount.

Anchoring Devices – A number of companies offer easy-to-install anchoring devices that can significantly reduce the risk of a television toppling from a table or entertainment stand.

Further Instruction – Manufacturers must provide instructions on how to safely secure flat-screen TVs to walls. They should also give instructions about safe placement of television sets in the household.

Call William D. Cook If You’ve Been Injured

If a falling TV has injured you, your child, or someone that you know, please contact the Law Office of William D. Cook today. Our office specializes in personal injury, and we work tirelessly to provide justice and compensation for the victims of negligence and other reckless behavior. We offer free consultations and will spend the time and energy required to deliver an honest assessment of your situation.

References:

Derla, K. (2015, Oct 1). Toppling flat-screen TVs can injure or kill small children: how to protect your kids. Tech Times. Retrieved from http://www.techtimes.com/articles/89912/20151001/toppling-flat-screen-tvs-can-injure-or-kill-small-children-how-to-protect-your-kids.htm

Reinberg, S. (2015, Sept. 29). Toppling TVs a risk to kids. WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/children/news/20150929/toppling-tvs-a-risk-to-kids

Sthankiya, N. (2015, Sept. 29). Toppling TVs causing more and more injuries to children. KelownaNow. Retrieved from https://www.kelownanow.com/news/news/National_News/15/09/29/Toppling_TVs_Causing_More_and_More_Injuries_to_Children/

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