Another Reason To Lose the TV: They Squish Kids


Aaron Escobar

We have posted a lot of reasons why perhaps kids should play outside instead of watching TV; yet many parents keep them inside because they are afraid they might get hurt. Perhaps they would reconsider if they knew that 14,700 children are injured at home every year by falling TVs.

According to NPR:

Dr. Gary Smith, former emergency medicine doctor and head of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, says other children aren't so lucky.

Smith and colleagues analyzed data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. They looked at all emergency room patients younger than 17 years old who suffered injuries related to furniture or TV tip-overs from 1990 to 2007.

They estimate that a total of 264,200 children and adolescents were treated for such injuries during the 18-year study period. That averages out to 14,700 injuries among children every year. Three-hundred died as a result of their injuries during the period.

Surprisingly, the new flat screen plasmas and LCDs might be more dangerous, because they are thinner and not as stable.

Suggestions from NPR:
Low stands are better than high dressers.
Fasten it to the wall.
Place cords out of reach.

More in NPR: Falling TVs: A Growing Threat For Young Kids

Suggestions from TreeHugger:
Go Play Outside; Nobody Else is
New Study: Kids Need the Adventure of "Risky" Play
Margaret Wente on Understanding Risk
Kids to Couch Potatoes: Earlier and Faster than Ever

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