The incidents of toddlers toppling TV sets are growing in numbers with many parents not even realizing the dangers behind that flat television sitting on top of a piece of furniture. It is not that parents are being neglectful, it is just that the newer flat screen TVs are easier to topple because they are so tall and wide. Standing unsecured, just a collision into the piece of furniture they are sitting on can topple them over on your toddler or young child.
This is not something folks really had to think about before as the older TVs were heavier and unless they were on a piece of furniture that could topple, they usually stayed put. A few years back even the “Teletubbies” kids’ show called their tiny viewers to the TV to give it a hug, not realizing the dangers behind that suggestion, reminds “Fox and Friends” live on Wednesday morning on September 30.
Thomas Treanor, a child safety expert, appeared on “Fox and Friends” to warn parents about this danger and to explain just how easily it is for a toddler to topple a TV set. Between 2011 and 2013 more than 15,000 kids a year were treated for injuries involving TVs or TVs and furniture in the nation’s hospital emergency rooms.
According to Consumer Health Day, those stats come from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, who also report that from 2000 to 2013, there were 279 deaths from these type of incidents. A new report was published online Sept. 29 in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. The lead researcher of this study is Dr. Michael Cusimano, of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. This research brought to light the hidden danger in many homes for little kids when it comes to unsecured television sets.
“These injuries are increasing around the world,” said Cusimano. CBS News local reports that head and neck injuries are the majority of the injuries seen on these kids having accidents with TV sets. “The researchers analyzed 29 studies that looked at TV-related head and neck injuries in seven different countries. They found that 84 percent of reported injuries occurred at home, and a full three-fourths of these injuries were not seen by adult caregivers,” according to CBS.
Treanor stresses the importance of securing the TV to the wall and also securing it to the furniture that it sits on. If the TV is on furniture that also at danger of toppling over, like a tall bedroom dresser, this too should be secured to the wall. Something you will see in bedrooms across the nation is a TV set sitting on top of a tall chest of drawers. This is dangerous for your toddlers.
According to CTV News, “Researchers also looked at why televisions toppled over. The No.1 reason is a collision, followed by climbing, pulling on a TV component or another person applying tipping force.” The most common age for these toppling TV injuries is between 1 and 3-years-old.
“The first point of contact as the TV comes down, is on the child’s head. That is in fact the cause of death in over 95 per cent of kids who die from these injuries,” said Dr. Michael Cusimano, who is not only the lead researcher of this study, but he is also a neurosurgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
With flat TVs sitting on a tall bedroom bureau with drawers, the furniture and the TV are in danger of toppling if your kids open all the drawers. This would be a case for both the TV and furniture to be secured to the wall. There are many items sold to mount your free-standing TV to the wall or the furniture it sits on. One of the newer items are straps that are almost like a bungee cord and they are extremely easy to install. These straps are pictured above and easily found online or in stores.
One of the more important tips from the experts is don’t make your TV more enticing to climb on for a toddler by leaving the remote on top of it. You also don’t want to put something on top of the set that your little one may want to get their hands on, like a toy.