New Peril of Childhood: Tumbling TVs

Number injured increases 125% in 2 decades: study

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 22, 2013 10:04 AM CDT

(Newser) – Could today's sleek new TVs be hurting kids—literally? As flat-screens have become more popular, the injury rate of children being hurt by televisions in the US has climbed, the BBC reports. Almost 200,000 kids, 64% of them under 5, were hurt between 1990 and 2011, according to a new study. Between those years, the number of wounded children increased 125%, NBC News reports, adding that on average, one child was admitted to the ER every half-hour for a TV-related injury during those two decades.

And 215 children died from their injuries between 2000 and 2011. "This is a serious problem," says the study author. "A child’s dying once every three weeks from a TV tip-over." In addition to the rise of flat-screens, which are easier to tip over than old-school tubes, researchers think the increase in the number of TV sets in many homes may be to blame. As new sets come in, "older TVs may be relegated to less safe locations in the home, such as on dressers or other unsuitable furniture," they explain. In 46% of tip-overs, TVs fell from dressers or armoires; in 31%, they fell from entertainment centers or TV stands.

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