A steadily growing number of kids are being hurt by falling TVs, according to a study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH.
Using figures from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, researchers found 380,885 cases of children under the age of 18 being remedied in emergency care facilities for TV-related injuries from 1990 to 2011. 12,300 TV-related injuries were reported in 2011 – a 125 percent spike from 1990, as stated by this study.
In the majority of cases, the TV fell off a dresser or armoire (46 percent) or an entertainment center or TV stand (31 percent). The amount of injuries as a result of TVs falling off of a dresser, armoire or chest of drawers increased by approximately 344 percent from 1995 to 2011, according to researchers.
Nearly 65 percent of victims were under 5 years old, and the body part most commonly injured was the head or neck, followed by the legs.
Researchers urged public education campaigns, the use of TV anchoring devices, and the redesign of TVs to be more stable and to help prevent these types of injuries.
This study was published online in the journal Pediatrics.