There have been major problems over the years involving furniture falling on folks and especially on children. Large television sets have been a source of concern. A recent study shows that the number of children killed or injured by falling television sets appears to have risen. A team from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio reviewed data from 100 emergency rooms and estimated that about 14,700 furniture-related injuries occurred each year between 1990 and 2007 – almost half due to television sets, the most common article involved in the accidents – and resulted in about 300 deaths.
The research, published in October in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, showed that the number and rate of injuries to youngsters from falling furniture increased significantly over the period. The rate generally rose from 18.8 per 100,000 people in 1990 to 22.9 in 2007, peaking at 25.7 in 2004. A similar report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission last year estimated 42,700 injuries and 180 deaths associated with appliance, furniture and television instability and tip-overs from 2000 to 2006; 87 of the deaths involved televisions. The number rose from seven in 2000 to 23 in 2006.
Parents should anchor heavy televisions to the wall. Anchoring devices should be sold along with the sets. The same is true with other pieces of furniture that pose a tip-over risk. The study indicates there is no totally safe way to put a large piece of furniture that is a tip-over risk in a home where children live and play. Parents should also never put a remote control, toy or other enticing object on a television set, dresser or shelf that a child might try to reach.
Source: Associated Press
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