Consumer Product Safety Commission Warns One Child Dies Every Two Weeks from Falling Items in the HomeMeredith Carroll
A report released on Thursday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says more than ever, kids are getting hurt at home as a result of falling televisions and other large items.
According to CBS News, an estimated 43,000 people are injured in such accidents each year, with 25,000 of those injuries happening to children.
Between 2000 and 2011, 340 people were killed by falling televisions, appliances or pieces of furniture, and 84 percent of them were children under the age of 9. Televisions accounted for 62 percent of the fatalities. In 2011, tip-over accidents resulted in 41 deaths.
The CSPC says that three children are injured by a tip-over every hour, and one child is killed every two weeks.
The tip-overs are usually a result of children climbing, hitting, kicking or playing near televisions (possibly while older, heavier models are being swapped out for newer, flat-panel models, and that the heavier models are then moved to areas of the house where they are not being anchored down) or other heavy furniture.
The CPSC urges all families to ensure TVs, furniture and appliances are anchored down, and to make sure cords and cables are out of reach. Anti-tip brackets are also recommended for freestanding kitchen ranges and other appliances.
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