According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), two children are killed every month in the U.S. from furniture or televisions tipping over. Injuries from falling furniture occur every 24 minutes, with tip-overs of furniture, appliances and televisions responsible for sending almost 22,000 children aged 8 and under to hospital emergency rooms every year. From 2000-2010, 245 children died in tip-over accidents.
Television sets are the largest source of tip-over injuries in children under the age of 10, with head and neck injuries being the most common injury. Of the children who died in tip-over accidents in the past decade, almost 70 percent were killed by falling television sets.
Prevention tips for avoiding tip-overs include:
- Anchor TVs and furniture with safety straps, which are sold where other baby-proofing devices can be found;
- Anchor free-standing ranges with anti-tip brackets;
- Put TV sets on low, wide, sturdy bases and push the set back as far as possible, keeping cords out of reach;
- Mount flat screen TVs to the wall;
- Do not use shelves or dressers as TV stands;
- Heavy items in bookshelves or entertainment centers should be placed on lower shelves;
- Avoid putting toys, food or other items that tempt children in high places so they won’t try to climb up to reach them.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of an accident, our Texas personal injury attorneys have the experience and resources to help you through this difficult time and obtain just compensation for your injuries. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.