Super Bowl XLIX is here and families are gearing up for game day celebrations!
Because TVs will be a large part of the festivities on Super Bowl Sunday, the doctors and experts at the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center (CCIC) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are sharing injury risks associated with TVs and some steps you can take to keep kids safe this weekend and throughout the year.
A study published in the August 2013 issue of Pediatrics found that more than 17,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency departments each year for a television-related injury – approximately one child every 30 minutes. The study found that the majority of injured patients were younger than age 5, and nearly three quarters of those injuries were caused by TVs falling onto the child. In almost half of the cases studied, the television fell from a dresser or armoire, and about 30 percent fell from an entertainment center or TV stand.
TVs of all sizes are potential hazards, but big screens and older “box TVs” are of particular concern because they are so heavy. Newer flat screen TVs can be top heavy and unsteady on their base, making them easier to tip. The cords on all TVs can also be a problem, as children can pull on the cord causing the TV to fall on top of them.
The doctors and experts from the CCIC give the following tips to help prevent TV tip-overs:
1. Place TVs on low, stable pieces of furniture
2. Install safety anchors or anti-tip devices on every TV that is not mounted to a wall
3. Do not put remote controls or toys on top of TVs – lessening the chances that a child will try to climb and reach them.
4. Keep cords out of reach so the child can’t pull on them
5. Recycle any old TVs that you are no longer using
Make sure that TVs are all placed properly and safely secured. A few minutes and some anchors can help keep kids out of the emergency department.
*This information originally appeared on the Cincinnati Children’s Change the Outcome blog.