Televisions Can Cause Significant Child Injuries

by Carmen Dellutri on August 16, 2013

Fort Myers accident lawyerA new study suggests that many parents may be overlooking a serious danger that can be found in nearly every Port Charlotte home —televisions.

According to researchers, more than 380,000 children were treated in U.S. emergency departments for television-related injuries between 1990 and 2011. The injury rates work out to an average of one child every 30 minutes. The majority of the injuries were caused by a falling television, with children under 5 years old at greatest risk.

As the Huffington Post reports, head and neck trauma was the most prevalent, with leg injuries also common. Almost 50 percent of the TVs fell off a dresser or armoire, while another 31 percent toppled from an entertainment center or TV stand.

"I'm a pediatric emergency room physician and when I see injuries occur, the reaction usually is, 'I had no idea that this could happen to my child,'" said study researcher Dr. Gary Smith, president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance.

To help prevent tip-over hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers the following safety tips:

  • Furniture should be stable on its own. For added security, anchor chests, dressers, TV stands, bookcases and entertainment units to the floor or attach them to a wall.
  • Place TVs on a sturdy, low-rise base. Avoid flimsy shelves.
  • Push the TV as far back on its stand as possible.
  • Place electrical cords out of a child’s reach and teach kids not to play with them.
  • Keep remote controls and other attractive items off the TV stand so kids won’t be tempted to grab for them and risk knocking the TV over.
  • Make sure free-standing ranges and stoves are installed with anti-tip brackets.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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