Thousands of young children are injured each year from falling televisions, according to a new report in the journal Pediatrics.
Each year, 17,000 kids are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for injuries related to TVs. About half of the injuries were caused by a television falling off a dresser, and 31 percent were caused by a TV falling from an entertainment center or TV stand. Kids younger than 5 were the most at risk, representing 64 percent of all of the injured children.
Falling TVs were most likely to injure a child’s head or neck, with 63 percent reporting an injury to that body region, followed by legs at 22 percent.
Installing safety anchors or anti-tip devices can help keep the TV in place. The authors of the report also recommend that parents avoid putting remote controls or toys on top of the television, which can entice children to try to climb up to reach the items.