TV sets and toddlers—a deadly combination Show Notes

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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If you have a toddler in your family, there’s a danger lurking in your home you need to know about.

Every year in America, more than 17,000 children are treated in emergency rooms when a television falls on them.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting on a new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It found that the rate of kids hurt from TVs tipping over has nearly doubled in the past two decades.

The study was prompted in part by a rash of TV-related deaths in the Chicago area, and it found that kids aged 5 and under were the most at risk. Injuries included concussions, lacerations and traumatic brain injuries.

Dr. Gary Smith, the study's lead author and president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance, hopes that the findings will serve as a wakeup call for parents.

Dr. Smith says "A home with a TV that is not anchored is not a safe home for a young child.

He points out that in a span of less than four months in 2011 and 2012, falling TVs killed four Chicago-area children and injured a fifth.

The study found that as newer TVs make their way into a home, the older ones are sometimes relegated to dressers and other unsafe locations.

Flat-screen TVs can also be dangerous, according to the study. They are much lighter than older TVs, and combined with their less bulky design, they are easier to tip over.

Safety advocates say the study reinforces the message that all TVs, regardless of type, should be anchored.

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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