Falling-TV Deaths Rise, Children at Risk

by | December 17, 2009 at 12:20 PM | TV News

(Photo: AP)

(Photo: AP)

Storing old bulky television sets on rickety furniture isn’t the smartest decision as the number of children injured by falling TV sets has continued to rise, despite flat screens becoming all the rage, according to a new study.

The Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital analyzed data from various furniture-related emergency room visits and discovered that between 1990 and 2007 nearly 300 deaths were reported with about half being TV related.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported on a similar rise between 2000 and 2006. “This is not a small problem; it’s a common problem, and it’s increasing,” said the director of the Ohio injury research center,” adding that heavy TV sets should be anchored to the wall.

The Associated Press reports on multiple child-related furniture injuries in recent months, including a 2 1/2-year-old girl crushed to death by a TV while visiting a family friend and 11-month-old girl that died after her brother knocked a TV off its stand.