Toppled T-V injuries up sharply - - Jackson, MS

Toppled T-V injuries up sharply

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Every thirty minutes in the U-S a child is treated in the emergency room for an injury caused by a toppling T-V. TV-related injuries have gone up 125% since 1990.

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics reports more than 17,000 children land in the E-R each year for a TV-related injury.

Almost half of injuries are caused by a television falling from a dresser or armoire. In a third of cases it falls from a T-V stand or entertainment center. Boys are more likely to be hurt than girls, and a vast majority of patients are under age five.

Experts say flat screens should always be mounted to the wall securely by a professional. All other T-Vs should be tethered with safety anchors or anti-tip devices.

Parents should not put toys or remotes on top of the TV, as that might inspire kids to climb the TV to reach them.

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- Study led by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital and published in the journal Pediatrics.

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