Preventing TV tip-overs ahead of Super Bowl

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The day before the Super Bowl, Safe Kids Greater Dayton is promoting National TV Safety Day to prevent TV tip-overs.

According to Dayton Children’s Hospital, every 45 minutes in the U.S., a child is rushed to the emergency room for injuries caused by a toppling television.

National TV Safety Day raises awareness about TV tip-overs and educates parents and caregivers on simple steps to make homes safer.

Safe Kids Worldwide and the Consumer Electronics Association have teamed up to encourage families to recycle their old TVs and to check their current ones for safety.

“Every three weeks a child dies from a television tipping over,” said Jessica Saunders of Safe Kids Greater Dayton. “We don’t want any parent to have to endure the loss of a child due to a TV tip-over. National Safety Day is a time for families to conduct a quick TV safety check and learn what to do with TVs that can be dangerous for young kids.”

Dayton Children’s reports the damage caused when a TV falls on a child can be devastating.

“The weight of the TV can crush a child’s skull and the impact can do severe internal damage to the body, as well,” said Lisa Schwing, RN, trauma program manager at Dayton Children’s. “Even if the impact does not cause fatal damage, often the child cannot get out from under the fallen television. If mom or dad isn’t right there, the child can suffocate under pressure.”

Fast facts about TV tip-overs:

  • There was a 31 percent increase in TV tip-over-related injuries in the U.S. over the last ten years.
  • A 36-inch CRT television falling three feet creates the same momentum as a one-year-old child falling ten stories.
  • Seven out of ten kids injured by TV tip-overs are ages five and under.

Safe Kids encourages families to include TV safety as part of their childproofing plans. The group recommends placing CRT TVs on low, stable pieces of furniture. If families no longer use CRT TVs, Safe Kids asks parents to recycle them. For families with flat panel TVs, Safe Kids recommends mounting them to the walls to reduce the risk of TV tip-overs.

To learn more about TV safety tips, click here.

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