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Kids hurt at alarming rate by falling TVs

Posted by: Colleen Stoxen Updated: July 22, 2013 - 12:43 PM

A child is rushed to a U.S. emergency room every 45 minutes with an injury that's related to a falling television, according to a new study.

In 2011, televisions falling on children caused 17,000 injuries that warranted a trip to a hospital, according to the new study in the journal Pediatrics.

And with television screens proliferating -- more than half of U.S. homes have three or more TVs -- the rate of such injuries is on the rise. Emergency room visits related to toppled TVs have increased 95% since 1990.
 
The authors noted that TVs of all shapes, sizes and vintages were implicated in the injuries. But many families are stowing large old TVs on dressers and armoires in lesser-used rooms. The large sets can readily tip on little ones. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to use safety anchors or anti-tip devices to hold a television set more firmly in place.

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