Story from CBS News: Falling televisions have sent nearly 200-thousand children to emergency rooms over the past 20 years. Doctors say the problem is increasing at an alarming rate..and they think they know why. Marlie Hall has the story and advice from safety experts.
TYLER RODGERS LOST HIS LITTLE BOY BRAYDEN TO A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT. I ran back to the bedroom as quick as I could and the tv was laying on top of him. From there I started screaming call 911.
THE TV WAS ON A DRESSER..AND BOTH HAD TOPPLED ONTO THE 3 YEAR OLD, CAUSING A FATAL HEAD INJURY. AND A NEW STUDY IN THE JOURNAL PEDIATRICS FINDS ACCIDENTS LIKE BRAYDEN'S ARE BECOMING MORE COMMON.
Each year in this country, more than 17,000 children are rushed to hospital emergency dept's for tv related injuries.
THAT COMES TO ROUGHLY ONE CHILD EVERY 30 MINUTES...ACCIDENTS THAT COULD BE AVOIDED WITH THE RIGHT PRECAUTIONS.
Researchers say safety anchors or devices to prevent tipping *like this* should be handed out with every television that's sold. They are also calling on manufacturers to redesign TVs to make them more stable.
EXPERTS RECOMMEND THAT ALL TV'S BE ANCHORED TO THE WALL. BUT WITH CONSUMERS OWNING MORE TVS THAN EVER BEFORE, THEY MAY BE MOVING OLDER SETS ONTO UNSUITABLE FURNITURE LIKE DRESSERS OR ARMOIRES.
The furniture that the tv sits on, that piece can tip sometimes the drawers will all open up and children will use those to climb on.
TYLER RODGERS SAID HE ALWAYS HAD A NAGGING CONCERN ABOUT HIS SON'S T-V. HE HOPES THAT SPREADING BRAYDEN'S STORY WILL SPARE OTHER FAMILIES FROM TRAGEDY.
If it helps save just a few lives I know we did something.
ML, FOR CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
The study says most TV related accidents involve children under the age of 5.