Televisions & Your Child: The Shocking New Danger

A television sitting on an entertainment stand in the living room99% of U.S. households own at least one television, and 55% have three or more. Could these common fixtures of American homes be putting your children’s lives in danger?

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More than 17,000 children are treated annually for television-related injuries, and at least one child is sent to the emergency room every half hour, according to a study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition, police in San Antonio recently reported that a child died after a television accidentally fell on him.

The reason for the accidents? Flat-screen televisions have mostly taken the place of its larger, bulkier, heavier predecessors. The problem is the since these new televisions are lighter, it’s easier for them to tip over.