Falling TVs Are Killing Children, Four Killed In Chicago Since October
Four children have been killed since October in Chicago by falling televisions.
Whether it’s a weighty old-school television or one of the snazzy new flat screens, parents need to be aware of the dangers of falling televisions and other furniture to their children.
An old CRT Television can weigh as much as 400 pounds. And flat screens, with their lesser weight can easily fall off stands if not tethered and can fall of walls if not properly mounted.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says 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.