May 21, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger
They’re not likening it to swine flu just yet, but NBC recently gave some Nightly News airtime to a report about the dangers of TVs when it comes to children’s safety.
For anyone whose toddler likes to run up and push things—like TVs—or grab books and remotes from on top of the TVs, you know this can be a major hazard.
Hopefully you haven’t encountered it. But NBC cited a study that found that in 2007 alone almost 17,000 children had ER visits because furniture fell on them, and that this type of accident has increased by 41 percent since 1990—with nearly half, 47 percent, of those injuries attributable to televisions.
Of course, we know how televisions have increased in size over the last 20 years. At the same time, those mammoth rear-projection units that went in the 42-to-60 inch range of the ‘90s were pretty tough to knock over. However, the CRT models 37 inches and under were still pretty heavy and generally necessitated stands or other cabinets that they could be pushed from.
And then there was the arrival of the flat-panel LCD and plasma TVs, which presents the option of having the TV sit in its own supplied stand—on the floor or on some furniture depending on your room, and how big the TV is—or mounting it to the wall, which has its own inherent safety issues if not installed properly.
So, aside from childproofing tips like maybe not placing that Thomas & Friends DVD on top of the TV and hiding the remote control, how do you ensure safety around the TV? Take the poll, and let us know your tips in comments below.
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