CHICAGO (CBS) — A string of tragedies in the Chicago area over the past year prompted a safety advocacy group to look at the number of children killed or injured by falling televisions.
Since October of last year, four Chicago-area children died after televisions fell and crushed them.READ MORE: Patients Left With A Lot Of Questions After Center For Covid Control Testing Sites Temporarily Shut Down, State Investigates Complaints
Kate Carr with Safe Kids Worldwide says her organization decided to look at the numbers for the past decade.READ MORE: No Communication With Firefighters Before Baby Was Found Dead Outside Fire Station; Could Baby Boxes Be A Last-Resort Option In Cases Like This?
“Injuries to kids were on the increase, and we had seen a 31 percent increase over the last 10 years in TV tip-over injuries,” Carr said. “Even more shocking, on average, every three weeks a child was dying from a television tipping over.”
If you’re buying a new TV for the holidays, even one of the lighter flat-screen models, Carr says it’s critical you mount it properly on the wall or secure it with safety straps.MORE NEWS: A Look At The Role Of Chicago, Local Pastor Richard Redmond, And Then-Future Mayor Harold Washington, In Making Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day A National Holiday
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