Yesterday the American Journal of Pediatrics came out with a study about emergency room visits because of TV accidents.  It has been reported that during a 20 year period from 1990 – 2011, falling televisions sent nearly 200,000 children to the emergency room.  From 2008-2011, there were 106,800.  Of these injuries:

  • 14% cuts, scrapes, and gashes
  • 13% broken bones and fractures
  • 39% contusions, bumps, and bruises
  • 15% internal organ damage

The researchers that published the story in the Journal of Pediatrics showed that the injury rate has nearly doubled from 1990.  According to the researchers older TV sets had been placed on a dresser and the child used the dresser as stairs to try to get to the TV, the TV would then come down onto the child as the dresser tipped forward.  All types of furniture and appliances can be hazardous in the home.  It is important to not only secure TV’s in place but also other forms of furniture that can topple over in the event of an earthquake or even horseplay. 

 

 

Whether you have older sets or newer flat screens, it is important to secure these heavy items that can cause the death of a child, or a pet.  The elderly are also at risk.  You never know what can happen until it is too late.  There are 3 choices when it comes to TV safety.  The first choice and the safest choice is a wall mount.  Wall Mounts can be purchased that can directly secure the TV to the wall.  Some may not be willing to drill into their walls.  In this case, the second choice is a Furniture Mount System or FMS.  This is either a TV Stand with an integrated TV mount or a FMS sold alone that you can attach to an existing TV stand that you may already have.  The final choice is less costly, and not as safe as the first choice yet can still help prevent serious injuries is a Safety Strap.  Safety Straps can be found at hardware stores.  Here at EZmodfurniture.com we have a Furniture Mount System.  Just click on the link below and you will be directed to our Denton TV Stand - Integrated Mount.     

 

 

Resources:

www.tvsafety.org

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/alarming-rise-children-injured-falling-tvs-19730973

Http://www.aap.org

Http://www.cpsc.gov

http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2012/02/excerpts-of-tvsafety-cpscs-first-twitter-chat/