Thousands of Children Are Injured in Furniture and TV Tip-Over Accidents
Approximately 20,000 children throughout the United States are transported to local hospital emergency rooms for treatment of injuries caused by "television or furniture falling or tipping, according to the Journal Injury Epidemiology. Researchers from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio report 70% of these victims are children six years old or younger.
In 2019, there were 12,000 children severely injured in these types of accidents. The news report states that this averages out to one child injured every 46 minutes.
According to the Director of Nationwide's Center for Injury Research, children will pull out a drawer and use the drawer as a step. This often causes the dresser or the furniture to tip over on top of them, which can cause severe injuries and death.
Approximately 47% of accidents cause serious injuries to the neck or head region. Children ages six and younger are twice as likely to suffer a closed head injury or concussion in a furniture-related accident.
A new bill named the STURDY Act is making its way through Congress and, if passed, it would mandate the development of mandatory safety standards to protect children ages six and younger from clothing storage unit tip-over injuries and death.
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