99% of U.S. households own at least one television, and 55% have three or more. Could these common fixtures of American homes be putting your children’s lives in danger?
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More than 17,000 children are treated annually for television-related injuries, and at least one child is sent to the emergency room every half hour, according to a study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition, police in San Antonio recently reported that a child died after a television accidentally fell on him.
The reason for the accidents? Flat-screen televisions have mostly taken the place of its larger, bulkier, heavier predecessors. The problem is the since these new televisions are lighter, it’s easier for them to tip over.
“Lighter weights coupled with a less bulky design may make flat panels more easily tipped than CRTs (cathode ray tube) and may be contributing to the observed increase in the rate of injuries associated with falling TVs,” the authors of the study wrote.