Study: Falling Television Sets Kill A Child Every Three Weeks
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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Researchers at Safe Kids Worldwide in Washington, D.C., have learned that falling televisions account for one child death every three weeks.
According to the website Imperfect Parent, the study also found that child death rates have risen 31 percent over the past ten years due to the in-home hazard.
Researchers hoped to warn parents of the dangers inherent in unrestrained flat screen TVs.
“Because of its weight, a 36-inch CRT television falling three feet creates the same momentum as a 1-year-old child falling 10 stories,” researchers said, according to the parenting website.
Information for the study, which was released earlier this week, was culled from data regarding child mortality that revealed the frightening statistic. The information was also found in a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report.
The study reportedly also found that a child is injured by a falling television approximately every 45 minutes.
Most of the children affected – as much as 88 percent – are under the age of 5.
“Every one of these injuries and deaths is completely preventable,” researchers noted.