Just a month after a Des Moines toddler named Aleena Coe died as a result of injuries she sustained when a TV fell on top of her, new research shows it’s happening more often than you’d think.
Aleena Coe’s parents said good-bye to their daughter on November 8th. In August, the little girl accidentally pulled an older TV down on top of herself.
More and more children are being severely injured or killed when even lighter, flat screen televisions fall on top of them.
“New televisions tend to be flat screen, tend to have a higher center of gravity, and not really be anchored to anything,” says Dr. Michael Anderson, of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.
When they’re not anchored, televisions can topple onto curious kids who grab them or climb furniture to get to them.
Such injuries are becoming more common — increasing by a third in the past decade, according to the watchdog group Safe Kids Worldwide.
In fact — every 45 minutes in the USA, a child is rushed to the hospital after a television falls on them. Most are under age of five.
Dr. Anderson has treated several of these cases. He says young kids have larger heads relative to their small bodies — and are more susceptible to head injuries.
“They also have a very pliable skeletal system, so they can suffer many more internal injuries than an adult would,” says Dr. Anderson.
Experts and the TV Manufacturer’s Group say flatscreens should always be mounted to the wall securely. You can also buy inexpensive straps to attach older TV’s and dressers to the wall.
They’re simple safety methods — to keep curious children out of harm’s way. Experts also recommend keeping the tops of dressers and entertainment centers clear of items that might catch the attention of kids.
A fund is still set up to help Aleena Coe’s family with expenses. You can donate at any Community State Bank, under the Aleena Coe Trust Fund.