New data reveals terrifying increase in injuries and death related to televisions.
Apparently TV can be bad for you in multiple ways. A new study reveals that the incident rate of injuries from televisions falling over is increasing, especially for toddlers aged between 1 and 3.
As The Examiner reports, a study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, found the rising percentage of serious injury or death. Most of the injuries occur when young children and toddlers are attempting to climb up to the television to explore it. Dr. Michael Cusimano, lead author of the study, explains that the incidents are often extremely dangerous because of the height of the children involved. “The first point of contact, as the TV comes down, is on the child’s head,” he said. “That is in fact the cause of death in over 95% of kids who die from these injuries.”
Experts warn that over 13,000 children are injured each year from televisions, and nearly every 3 weeks, a child will die from the incident.
As The Financial Express reports, the paper found that young children are spending up to 32 hours a week in front of the television, increasing the risk of incident. Many of the injuries come from flat-screen televisions, which are estimated to be in 95% of Canadian households.
Dr. Cusimano includes a long list of prevention tactics. They include keeping toys away from the TV to decrease temptation, discussing the risk with children, and making sure the television is securely bolted down. He also calls on manufacturers to ensure their produced stands are stable.