Study: More kids hurt by toppling TVs

Posted at 7:29 PM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 20:29:48-04

Children are getting hurt by toppling televisions more frequently. That's what Toronto researchers found in a new study just published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. Meanwhile, Kansas City-based Charlie's House has long been working to keep children safe. 

The new study points to a Consumer Product Safety Commission Report that television-related injuries jumped from 16,500 between 2006 and 2008 to 19,200 between 2008 and 2010.

John McCarthy, executive director of Charlie's House, admits seeing the numbers of children hurt by toppling televisions on the rise is frustrating.

"It also shows that there is a really continued need for education, education, education," he said. 

In 2007, a dresser only 30 inches tall fell on and killed 2 1/2-year-old Charlie Horn, from whom Charlie's House got its name and mission.

You can request free furniture brackets and find a security checklist on their website,

Read the study here.


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