Approximately, 17,000 children visit the hospital each year with TV-related injuries.
The rate of injury associated with a falling TV almost doubled between 1990 and 2011. In many of these cases, the TVs were placed on lightweight furniture or were improperly anchored in the wall.
According to the study conducted in these 22 years, the most common injuries were head and neck wounds, including concussions. Almost 36% of the injuries were lacerations, and 35% were soft tissue injuries.
More than 50% of the annual injury cases were caused by unstable, falling TVs and 38% were caused by a patients running into a TV. The age group most affected by these injuries were children under the age of 5.
So what can you do as a parent to prevent these injuries?
Take proper action when anchoring a TV or placing it on furniture. May sure the furniture is a heavy-duty, stable piece. Follow instructions when deciding to anchor a TV on the wall to make sure for proper assembly.
These injuries are preventable with the right precautions.
If your child has been seriously injured from a defective or recalled product, contact us immediately. We can help.
Read more on www.safekids.org