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Tip Over Injuries on the Rise

If your family received a new television over the holidays, one of the first steps you should take is to properly secure it. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced that tip over accidents from falling TVs, furniture or appliances caused a record number of injuries in 2011.

The CPSC’s latest report is alarming. Over the past ten years, 349 consumers (84 percent of whom were children younger than age 9) were killed when TVs, furniture or appliances fell over onto them. The highest number of fatalities (41) was recorded in 2011.

The CPSC also estimates that 43,000 consumers are injured each year in tip-over incidents. More than 25,000 (59 percent) of those injuries are to children under the age of 18. Falling furniture accounts for more than half (52 percent) of the injury reports. Falling televisions have proven to be more deadly, as they are associated with more than half (62 percent) of reported fatalities.

To help prevent a tip over accident, San Diego parents are urged to take the following precautions:

  • Use an anchor and/or angle brace to secure furniture to the wall
  • Place your television on a LOW piece of furniture; as far back as it will go
  • Make sure the television stand is sturdy, is designed for and can handle the weight of the TV and does not easily tip over
  • Anchor your TV to the wall with an appliance strap
  • Clear your TV and stand of any items that children might try to climb and reach including toys, movies, books etc.
  • Do not place a VCR and/or DVD player on top of the television where child might attempt to climb to access