Study: Falling televisions can hurt children

CLEVELAND CLINIC -- A new study has found children are at risk from something found in nearly every home: the TV.

The report found thousands of children in the U.S. are taken to the emergency room every year after being hit by a falling television.

Dr. Michael Macknin, a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children's, says the most dangerous place to put a TV is on a dresser.

"You don't want to put it on a set of dresser drawers because the children will pull out the drawers, they'll walk up the drawers to get the television and the television will fall on top of them," Macknin said.

The study was published in the journal "Pediatrics." It found around half of television-related injuries are caused by a TV falling off a dresser or armoire, while 30 percent more happen when it falls off an entertainment center or TV stand.

Researchers say 60 percent of the cases involve boys, and most of the injured children are 5 years old or younger.

Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit advocacy group, recently conducted a survey of 1,000 parents. It found only a fraction had properly secured their TVs.

Nearly half of those polled had their TVs on top of a dresser.

Doctors recommend putting your TV on a low stand and securing it.

"Ideally, you want the television mounted or at least securely anchored to the wall along with the piece of furniture that it is on," said Macknin. "Both should be anchored so they can't possibly fall onto a child."

To further reduce the risk of injury, researchers recommend not putting remote controls or toys on top of the TV.