Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Growing Safety Concern: Falling flat-screen TVs
A new find study finds that our need for bigger flat-panel televisions and entertainment centers are now more narrow and less-stables has caused furniture related children accidents to increase by 41 percent.
In 2007, nearly 17,000 children were rushed to emergency rooms after heavy or unstable furniture fell over on them, a new study reported this month. The study, published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics by researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that the such injuries had risen 41 percent since 1990.
Injuries from televisions alone accounted for nearly half of all injuries related to falling furniture during the study period — 47 percent.
Like many other childhood bumps and bruises, most of the injuries related to falling furniture were minor. But 3 percent of the 264,200 children whose cases were reviewed from 1990 to 2007 were injured seriously enough to require hospital admission — most of them for head and neck injuries — and about 300 of them died.
Gary Smith offers a "few simple prevention steps" dramatically reduces the likelihood of injury: