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Why injury? It's this simple: more children die from injuries every year than from the next three leading causes of death combined. Nobody knows this because no one is talking about it. In the U.S., one child dies every hour from an injury that could have been prevented. Around the world, a child dies every 30 seconds as the result of an injury. You don’t need to have a child to know that we can do better.

 

Anchor It!

End Injury

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We noticed a campaign timed with the Super Bowl to raise awareness about TV tip-overs and wanted to add our voice to the chorus. Many people have no idea that these types of injuries are so common or that TV and furniture tip-overs have caused many deaths.

Why is this happening? Lighter-weight flat screen TVs can easily be pulled over onto a child if he tries to pull himself using the cords. As people buy flat screen TVs, the older CRT TVs may be moved to less safe locations in the home, like on top of dressers and other furniture not designed for TVs. By placing TVs on furniture not designed for televisions, the risk of tip-overs increases because the furniture is now more top-heavy. Children can also pull open drawers to use as stairs to help them reach the TV, which can cause the furniture and TV to topple over on them.

The Anchor It campaign from the Consumer Product Safety Commission has many great resources to help people secure their TVs. These injuries are completely preventable. Take a few minutes to check out the site and take action to secure the TVs in your house.

Instant tips from Prevent Child Injury:

  • All TVs should be secured to the wall. Use safety straps or L-brackets for cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs and wall mounts for flat screen TVs.
  • Place TVs only on furniture designed to support televisions, such as TV stands and entertainment centers. Dressers, armoires, and chests of drawers are not safe places for your television.
  • Secure TV stands and entertainment centers to the wall using safety straps or L-brackets
  • Do not place toys or the remote control on top of the furniture or the TV. Your child could climb furniture to reach the item and cause the TV and furniture to tip over onto him.
  • Make sure TVs are safely secured in all the places your child spends time—not just in your home.

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