Study: More kids getting hurt by falling TV sets

Study: More kids getting hurt by falling TV sets

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Posted on July 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 22 at 6:01 PM

SEATTLE -- The number of children getting hurt by falling televisions has begun to see a significant increase, according to a study conducted by the Journal of Pediatrics.

Researchers looked at the number of incidents between 1990 and 2011. They found more than 12,000 kids were hurt by falling televisions in 2011. That was 125 percent more than in 1990.

Most of the children who went to the hospital were under the age of five, the study found.

The study's author, Dr. Gary Smith, said many injuries involved TVs that were too heavy and furniture that was not designed to hold them. Anchoring a TV to the wall can help prevent it from falling.

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