TV Tip-Over Injuries Rising, ACH Suggests Ways to Prevent Them

LITTLE ROCK, AR. (Dec. 29, 2011) - Many families received or purchased televisions over the holidays. Between the hustle and bustle of the season and preparing for the new year, it is important for parents to be aware of the injury risks associated with television tip-overs.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 20,000 ER visits across the nation involved televisions or televisions and furniture falling on children in 2010.

The most commonly injured area is the head, and these types of injuries can cause lifelong consequences or even death. Recently, there have been about 20 fatalities each year across the nation.

"Local pediatricians are reporting more head injuries because of televisions falling, which is consistent with national data," said Alison Rose, Home Safety and Regional Programs coordinator for the Injury Prevention Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH). "There is a perception that new flat screen televisions are not as dangerous, but they are heavy and can harm small children."

Keep your children safe from television tip-over injuries year-round with these tips from the ACH Injury Prevention Center:

  • Place TVs on surfaces designed to support them. Dresser drawers can be used for climbing, so it's best to avoid placing TVs on dressers. 
  • Place TVs low to the ground and toward the back of the cabinet or enclosure.
  • Use furniture straps to secure TVs to furniture, entertainment centers or walls. They cost around $10- $25.
  • Know the weight of your TV prior to purchasing straps to ensure you purchase the correct size.
  • Place remote controls, toys and other enticing objects away from TVs, not on top of them.
  • If you are mounting your TV to the wall or ceiling, follow instructions carefully and make sure it is secure.

For additional safety information, contact ACH's Injury Prevention Center at 501-364-3400 or visit http://www.archildrens.org/injury_prevention.

Arkansas Children's Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children. The campus spans 29 city blocks and houses 316 beds, a staff of approximately 500 physicians, 80 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,000 employees. The private, nonprofit healthcare facility boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking medical research - all dedicated to fulfilling our mission of enhancing, sustaining and restoring children's health and development. ACH recently ranked No. 75 on FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. For more information, visit www.archildrens.org.

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