A Safe Home Includes Childproofing Your Television

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Securing your television is an important part of childproofing your home.

Every 30 minutes in the U.S., a child is treated in the emergency room for an injury caused by a toppling TV. An article by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows a 125.5% increase in television-related injuries from 1990 to 2011. On average, 17,313 children a year receive ER treatment for such an injury, and the number of injuries resulting from a TV falling from a dresser/bureau/chest of drawers/armoire increased 344.1%.

Atoosa Kourosh, M.D., an attending physician in Critical Care and General Pediatrics at Children’s Medical Center, spoke to KETK in Tyler to spread awareness of this issue and what families can do to prevent these injuries. Dr. Kourosh said TV related accidents can be prevented by two simple things, keep an eye on your child and secure your TV.

Related Information

Safekids.org has several childproofing-your-television resources including a  tip sheet on TV and Furniture Tip-Overs and a TV Tip-Overs By the Numbers Infographic.

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One Response to A Safe Home Includes Childproofing Your Television

  1. Dennis August 30, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    The best thing we ever did to childproof the TV was to get rid of it for good. Never looked back and loving the time we get for active fun!

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