May 14, 2015 Post By: Guest Blogger

A Safe Home Includes ChildProofing Your Television
Childproofing your television is part of providing a safe family environment for your children. Here we share tips on securing a TV and stats for injuries received as the result of tipped TVs.

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 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.