Our team at Ivy League Preschool Academy read this recently and wanted to share:
From 2011 to 2013, an average of 11,000 children under age 18 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries involving TVs or injuries involving both televisions and furniture, according to a new report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. From 2000 to 2013, 279 people were actually killed by falling TVs and furniture.
"This is just one of those things that we need to educate people about, because it's so preventable," Marietta S. Robinson, Commissioner of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, said in an interview.
In tests conducted by the consumer agency, a 32-inch CRT (old style) television dropped from a height of 36 inches hit with an average force of 12,703 pounds. Flat screens hit with 2,100 pounds or less, still a sizable impact on a small child's body. Forty-one percent of US households still have at least one CRT set, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.