The number of children being injured by falling televisions has increased by nearly a third over the last decade after a new report released by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that more than 25,000 children are injured by falling televisions or furniture every year.
According to the report the total number of people being injured due to TV or furniture tip-over between 2000 and 2011 was more than 43,000 of which over 59 percent were children.
AdvertisementNearly 350 people also died due to the accidents with over 84 percent of them being children younger than nine years old. Televisions were the major culprit with over 62 percent of the fatalities involving falling TVs.
CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said that such accidents can be easily solved by anchoring the TVs, furniture or appliances. "We know that low-cost anchoring devices are effective in preventing tip-over incidents. I urge parents to anchor their TVs, furniture and appliances and protect their children. It takes just a few minutes to do and it can save lives", Tenenbaum said.