Modern technology has provided us with many great improvements to our favorite electronics, such as televisons. One of the biggest improvements is the depth of televisions. Years ago, TVs were large, heavy, and the depth was so big the TV took up a lot of room in the house. Today, TVs are slim, lightweight, and can be hung on the wall.
Unfortunately, even with all the advances in technology, there has been an increase in the number of tip-over injuries around children. From 2000 to 2010 averages, a child dies every three weeks from a TV tipping over. Every 30 minutes a child goes to the ER for a TV tip-over injury. Many of these accidents happen to children five years old and younger. Children are naturally curious and love to climb.
There are precautions parents and caregivers can use to prevent these type of injuries from happening in their homes.
- Assess the stability of the TVs in your home. Do they move easily? Are the TVs sitting high up on a dresser or cabinet that a child may climb on creating a tipping effect.
- Mount flat screen TVs to the wall to reduce the risk of TVs toppling off stands. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you protect your wall and have a secure fit.
- Avoid placing remotes and toys in places where children may want to climb and reach them.