Report shows sharp increase in TV related injuries in children

By WEEK Producer

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Report shows sharp increase in TV related injuries in children

July 22, 2013 Updated Jul 22, 2013 at 12:10 PM CDT

Every 30 minutes in the U.S. a child is treated in the emergency room for an injury caused by a toppling television.

A new study published in the Journal Pediatrics reports more than 17,000 children land in the ER each year for a television-related injury and TV-related injuries have gone up 125 percent since 1990.

Almost half of injuries are caused by a television falling from a dresser or armoire. In a third of cases, it falls from a TV stand or entertainment center.

The study shows boys are more likely to be hurt than girls, and a vast majority of patients are under age five.

Experts say flat screens should always be mounted to the wall securely by a professional. All other TVs should be tethered with safety anchors or anti-tip devices.

In addition, parents should not put toys or remotes on top of the TV, as that might encourage kids to climb the TV to reach them.

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