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San Antonio Boy Crushed to Death by TV

Ramona Roberts4 years ago

A one-year-old San Antonio boy who was flown to University Hospital after being crushed in a television tip-over accident has died, news outlets are reporting.

Details of the Tip-Over Accident

According to the San Antonio Express News, the child was crushed to death by a 32-inch tube television that sat on his dresser. The young boy was in his room with his siblings when he opened the bottom drawer and climbed into it, causing the television to fall on him. The accident remains under investigation.

Tip-Over Accidents Facts and Statistics

  • According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, on average, one child dies every two weeks resulting from tipping TVs, furniture, and appliances.
  • Between 2000 and 2010, 245 tip-over related deaths involving children 8 years old and younger were reported to the CPSC.
  • Nearly all of these fatalities (93%) involved children five years old and younger.

Common Causes of Tip-Over Accidents

Tip-over injuries and deaths result from children climbing onto, pulling themselves up on, and falling against furniture items such as:

  • Television stands
  • Shelves
  • Bookcases
  • Dressers
  • Desks
  • Chests
  • Appliances

Preventing Tip-Over Accidents

  • Place all televisions on sturdy, low-rise bases.
  • Furniture should be stable on its own- avoid flimsy shelves.
  • Place electrical cords out of children’s reach.
  • Anchor chests, drawers, TV stands, shelves, bookcases, desks, chests and appliances.
  • Make sure free-standing ranges and stoves are installed with anti-tip brackets.
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