Falling TVs are Killing Our Children; Consumers Demand More Safety Standards

02/09/2012 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Chicago, IL — A string of a deaths resulting from falling TVs onto young children has prompted consumers to demand more safety measures and increased awareness around the dangers of children and TVs, reported USA Today.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 169 children 8 and younger died between 2000 and 2010 from falling TVs. In all, 245 children died in that period after being crushed by TVs, furniture or appliances. More than 22,000 were treated for tip-over injuries each year from 2008 to 2010.

Since late October alone, four Chicago-area children have lost their lives as a result of televisions falling on them. Gianna Hadjis, 4, on Jan. 15; Shaniya Singleton, 3, on Nov. 8; Karl Clermont, 6, on Oct. 30, are among those who lost their lives as a result of falling TVs.

Experts are warning parents to take extra safety precautions to eliminate this threat, like using a stand or shelves that are big and sturdy enough to support TVs and do not have drawers that children can climb and stand on. In addition, parents should refrain from placing toys or remote controls on top of the sets, which can lead children to climb the stands and TVs to reach them.

It is also advised that parents bolt or strap their TV to the stand, or mount the TV 5 feet up on a wall.

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