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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:39 PM

Tipping televisions kill record number of U.S. kids, gov't warns

A record number of curious kids are getting hurt by falling televisions in their homes, a government report warns.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a report on Thursday that estimates about 43,000 people are injured in a television or furniture tip-over related incident each year, more than 25,000, or 59 percent, of whom are children.

"Small children are no match for a falling dresser, wall unit or 50- to 100-pound television," the CPSC said.

The report also showed that 349 people were killed between 2000 and 2011 by a falling television, appliance or piece of furniture -- 84 percent of them were kids younger than 9 years old. Falling televisions were more deadly, accounting for 62 percent of these fatalities. Last year alone, a record 41 tip-over related fatalities occurred.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57558985/tipping-televisions-kill-record-number-of-u.s-kids-govt-warns/

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Reply Tipping televisions kill record number of U.S. kids, gov't warns (Original post)
morningfog Dec 2012 OP
BlueJazz Dec 2012 #1
slackmaster Dec 2012 #3
ejpoeta Dec 2012 #2
justanidea Dec 2012 #4

Response to morningfog (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:49 PM

1. Seems like, in time, as the new sets get light and thinner, the risks will go down.

My new 32" could fall on my dog and he'd just get pissed. (it weighs about 15 pounds.)

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Response to BlueJazz (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:10 PM

3. Maybe not. As they get lighter and thinner, they get taller and wider.

 

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Response to morningfog (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:59 PM

2. those things are quite tippy. that's why we mounted ours on the wall.

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Response to morningfog (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:35 PM

4. Not gonna lie

 

This gif was the first thing I thought of when I saw the title.

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