You likely don’t think of your TV as dangerous, but it can be a hazard to children.
Researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital have found that nearly 20,000 children in the United States are treated in hospital emergency rooms every year for injuries caused by furniture or a television falling, or tipping over. And about 70-percent of these injuries occur in children age 6 or younger.
In 2019 alone, nearly 12,000 children were injured in these incidents.
Researchers add that current voluntary safety standards to prevent tip-overs of these types of furniture are inadequate – because they use a weight which is less than that of many six-year-old children – and do not take many household conditions into account. Producers are more worried about cost of shipping and shelving and such.
A new bill is making its way through Congress. If it’s approved, it would require development of mandatory safety standards, to protect children age 6 and younger from “clothing storage unit tip-over” injuries and death.
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