It most likely isn't a parent's primary concern when purchasing a new television set, and may only arise as a secondary thought, but a new study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has drawn attention the risk falling televisions and furniture pose to small children. It certainly has caught the attention of your Charleston, SC lawyers at Howell and Christmas, LLC.
The Chairman of the CPSC, Inez Tenenbaum, noted in a CNN video interview that falling televisions and the furniture upon which they sit are a "severe hidden hazard in home." And the some startling statistics support that contention; between 2000 and 2011 there were 206 child deaths due to TVs and furniture falling on children. In just the past three years there have been 13,800 ER visits from toppling TVs.
The Chairman further stated that, ideally, TVs should be wall-mounted so children do not have access to the freestanding television, and also so children cannot climb on potentially unstable furniture supporting the TV. Granted, this safety measure applies only to more modern, flat-screen television sets that can be wall-mounted.