A growing number of children are being hurt by falling television sets. A new study published online in the journal Pediatrics finds injury rates have doubled over the last 20 years.
Over the last two decades more than 200-thousand children have been injured or killed by falling televisions, as was the case in San Antonio last week. "This is increasing at an alarming rate" says Dr Gary Smith, a pediatric emergency specialist and lead author of the study. "A child dies in this country every 3 weeks from a TV tip-over."
As flat screen TVs become more popular people move older heavier televisions to bedrooms, placing them on dressers, where children climb the drawers like stairs. Head and neck injuries including concussions are the most common.Smith adds: "these injures are 100 percent preventable so we can and must do more."
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