More children hurt by falling TVs than ever before

The study also shows clearly how the mechanism of personal injuries involving televisions has evolved with the items themselves. For example, when boxy, heavy floor model televisions were in vogue, the majority of child injuries associated with them were from running into, falling into, sliding against or otherwise coming in contact with the set. Nowadays, as the manufacturers are focused on making televisions as thin and light as possible, most of the injuries involve tv sets falling on top of a child because it was unsecurely placed on a dresser, chest, armoire or table. 

Not all television-related injuries are serious ones, and most of them only involve cuts, scrapes or bruises. There are still an unacceptably high number of children enduring concussions, broken bones and crush-type injuries because television sets are falling on them. Head injuries made up 13 percent of the total injuries for children under the age of 5, and seven percent for older children.

Study author Dr. Gary Smith, president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance, reasons that multi-television households – where there is a greater risk of injury – have contributed to the rise in injuries. He doesn’t think that the sole fault lies in simply having more than one television set, but instead the placement of sets onto furniture (flimsy shelving units, dressers, desks and rolling carts, to name a few) that is neither designed to support the bulk of a television nor equipped with a workable way to secure the television to prevent it from falling.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, “TVs Toppling Onto Tots at an Alarming Rate, Study Finds,” Brenda Goodman, July 22, 2013.