TIPPING TELEVISIONS: WHY THIS HAPPENS AND HOW TO PREVENT IT
You wouldn’t think so, but a television can be a big hazard to your children. The highest risk for child deaths are for those kids under 5 years of age. Recently, there has been a growing trend of child accidents in Kansas City involving televisions tipping over. Sometimes the child injuries are even fatal. How can you prevent this from happening to your kids? We have a few tips that can help.
What kinds of injuries does this type of accident cause? It may be as simple as some cuts and bruises. But more often it is something more serious such as a head injury or crushing of bones. There could be visual problems, hearing loss and even brain damage that occurs as a result. The most common child injuries involving TVs are skull fractures.
STATISTICS ON OVERTURNED TELEVISION CHILD INJURIES
- Nearly 90% of all child deaths happen in small children under 5 years old.
- According to Safe Kids Worldwide and SANUS, about 13,000 kids every year have accidents due to tipped televisions, and about 1 child dies every 3 weeks because of it.
- Three out of four homes have not taken safety measures to prevent a TV accident.
- In the last 10 years there has been a 31% increase in child accidents from overturned televisions.
SAFETY TIPS FOR TELEVISIONS IN KANSAS CITY:
First of all, how does this happen in the first place? You would think that a TV is pretty stable because it is so large and heavy. A lot of times it is due to inappropriate TV stands, toys kept on or near the TV shelf, and unsecured televisions that may have a small support stand coupled with a heavy top. It could also be your kids playing too closely to the television and accidentally bumping into it. So what can you do about this potential hazard? Following the childproofing safety measures below will make it much less likely for child accidents involving televisions.
- Check into buying a safety strap to secure your television. According to Consumer Reports there are some as cheap as 2 dollars on the market.
- It is important to attach the TV and/or the stand to the wall or the floor. This will prevent it from being knocked over.
- Slide the TV back on the stand towards the wall. If it is too close to the front it is easier for it to overturn.
- Find a low-sitting TV stand that is strong. Don’t be tempted to use other tables that weren’t meant to hold televisions. Better yet, you can buy the stand that was meant to go with that particular TV set. If there isn’t one available, ask the store clerk for recommendations when you are ready to purchase a TV.
- Don’t buy a stand that is smaller than the actual TV. This greatly increases the chances of a TV accident.
- Keep toys, food, remote controls, and other items that your child might want off of the TV and TV stand. If these items are kept somewhere else your kids won’t be as inclined to climb up onto the furniture.
- The most important thing of all is to make sure that kids are supervised at all times. If you need to step away for a moment and have a very small child, you may be able to use a play pen or baby gate to keep them from getting too close to the TV.
- Inform your children (if they are old enough to understand) that the TV can be dangerous and that they need to be careful.
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