What is a common household item that puts a child at risks for serious personal injuries in homes and day care centers? The answer to this question may not be so obvious. The answer is a “television”. Yes, a television can cause serious personal injuries and, in some instances, death to a child.
Televisions, especially older model televisions, can be quite large and heavy. Many children do not recognize the danger of televisions or what could happen if the television falls off of a dresser, table, or even a wall. One curious act of a child can lead to devastating personal injuries.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that more children – between 200 and 2010 – were killed in accidents involving a television than other unstable furniture or appliance items. Statistically, there were 169 deaths from falling televisions and an annual average of 13,700 personal injuries resulting from falling televisions.
Safety experts recommend that parents, business owners, and day care providers purchase straps, brackets and other safety devices be purchased concurrent with the television. The use of the television should not be initiated until proper safety measures are put in place. See Safety Tips to Secure Televisions.
Unfortunately, children are injured at day care centers and homes due to unsafe televisions or other items. When a child suffers an injury as a result of the negligence or fault of another person, business, or government entity, there are many challenges and issues facing a parent. The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Day Care Center Injuries, Homeowner’s Injuries, Homeowner’s Insurance, Damages / Compensation, Medical Bills / Medical Treatment, and other issues. You can receive this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.