I saw this report on the news the other day about the growing number of kids being injured or killed by having TV’s falling on top of them. Especially with flat screen TV’s being so top heavy it is easy for young kids to tip them over if they are placed shelves or dressers.
“People have done the physics,” Cusimano says. “With the heaviest TVs falling a meter onto a small kids’s head is equivalent to the child falling 10 stories. These can potentially be fatal injuries.”
Some suggestions include, closing dresser drawers so kids are less likely to climb up them. Secure TV’s to the wall or furniture, and push TV’s back as far as possible on the furniture they rest on.
The problem goes beyond TVs, says Scott Wolfson, communications director for the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. “If you also bring in furniture components, there are some very compelling statistics,” he says. “A child dies every two weeks in this country from a tipover incident involving a TV, a piece of furniture, or a TV and a piece of furniture. Every 24 minutes a child is admitted to the emergency room because of a TV and/or a furniture tipover.”
See the below link for the full story…