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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:20 AM

Falling TVs can kill, but few parents aware of risk

Kim Painter, Special for USA TODAYShareComments
"Every three weeks a child dies" from a tipped-over TV, says Kate Carr of Safe Kids Worldwide.

9:07AM EST December 13. 2012 - Falling TV sets have killed more than 200 children since 2000, but parents remain largely unaware of the danger, say reports out today.

An update from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows 29 people, mostly children, were killed by falling TVs in the USA in 2011 alone, making it one of the worst years on record for such tragedies. And 18,000 people a year, mostly children, are treated for injuries from falling TVs, the commission says.

It's happening despite the widespread switch to lighter flat-screen TVs. In fact, safety experts say the switch may be making the problem worse as consumers take old, heavy sets out of their family rooms and put them atop unstable bedroom dressers and playroom shelves.

"Children will climb up on furniture to try to turn the TV on and there goes the heavy television as well as the piece of furniture," says Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the commission. The TVs alone, weighing 50 to 100 pounds, can crush a child, she says ...

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/12/falling-tvs-children-deaths/1764539/

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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:23 AM

1. Sadly it happened to an aquaintance...

big older TV.

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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 02:36 AM

2. Not only that

but an old TV tube is a huge capacitor that carries as much as 100,000 volts even after being off for a couple of days. If that breaks and comes in contact with someone it can kill by electrocution.

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Sat Dec 15, 2012, 01:18 AM

3. Ours was anchored to the furniture and behind a homemade plexigrass screen for many years.

At first, to discourage hugging Elmo, and later to protect against possible flying Wii remotes.

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