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One Child Dies Every Three Weeks from a TV Tipping Over

furnitureA new report released today by Safe Kids Worldwide and SANUS revealed that every three weeks, a child dies from a television tipping over and nearly 13,000 more children are injured each year in the U.S. This represents a 31 percent increase in TV tip-over related injuries over the last ten years. 

“Every 45 minutes, or less than the length of a Sesame Street episode, a child visits the ER because of a TV tipping over,” said Carol Ann Giardelli, Director, Safe Kids New Jersey.   Nearly 2,000 children in NJ visited the Emergency Room in 2008 as a result of injuries due to TV tip-overs according to New Jersey’s Center for Health Statistics.  Tragically, six New Jersey children were killed between 2008 and 2012 due to televisions falling on them.  All of these children were under the age of five. 

The report also revealed that three out of four parents don’t secure their TV to the wall. Most families are unaware that securing a TV is an important safety measure. Others decide not to mount their TVs because of concerns about damaging the wall or installing the TV incorrectly. 

Safe Kids New Jersey together with its local coalitions are launching a statewide effort to prevent injuries from TV and furniture tip-overs and educate communities by calling on families to conduct a quick TV safety check, which includes the following steps: 

  • Check Your TV. Assess the stability of the TVs in your home.  Remember, a curious, determined child can topple a TV. Children playing with friends or pets could knock a TV over, while other kids might be tempted to climb up to reach items placed on or near a TV, such as remote controls or candy. 
  • Secure Your TV. Securing your TV to the wall is a safe solution. Much like child proofing with a toddler gate or electrical socket cover, TV mounts and furniture straps are necessary precautions for keeping your family safe.

To see the complete report go to www.safekids.org.

Safe Kids Aids Hurricane Victims

The effects of Hurricane Sandy are unprecedented and Safe Kids NJ/Central Jersey Family Health Consortium continue to work with the community so that everyone can once again be whole and their families safe.

Safe Kids New Jersey/CJFHC donated portable cribs, handmade blankets and car seats to identified families in need in Monmouth County.  Our thanks to Safe Kids Worldwide for assisting with our relief efforts by matching our donation. Distribution was coordinated by Safe Kids Monmouth County, led by Monmouth Medical Center.