Educate Public About the Danger of Falling Televisions

Children watching television

Target: Inez Moore Tenenbaum, Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman

Goal: Increase public awareness about the importance of properly securing household televisions

A study was recently published in the Journal of Pediatrics that notes an “alarming” rise in the number of child injuries caused by falling televisions. Over the last twenty years, almost 200,000 United States children have been seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to falling televisions. Between 1990 and 2011, the number of children under the age of eighteen who have been injured by a falling television increased by 125 percent. Between 2000 and 2011, 215 children died from injuries due to falling televisions.

The study states that the increase in injuries is due to a combination of factors. The first is the growing number of televisions in homes, thus increasing the likelihood of falls. The second is that there are more people who are placing their televisions on furniture that is not meant to hold them. The study shows that forty-six percent of injuries were from televisions falling from dressers or armoires, while thirty-one percent were from those falling from entertainment centers or television stands.

In addition, the study proves that flat screens are just as dangerous as older models. A child can reach up and pull down either type of television. Common injuries include bruises, lacerations, concussions, fractures, sprains, and brain injuries.

These accidents are completely preventable. However, many people are unaware of how dangerous improperly securing their televisions can be. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) must find a way to better inform television owners of this danger. By signing the petition below, you will urge the CPSC to implement a program that will increase public awareness of this issue.


Dear Inez Moore Tenenbaum,

The increase in the number of child injuries caused by falling televisions is truly frightening. A study recently released by the Journal of Pediatrics suggests that this increase may be due to a lack of public awareness about the issue. People need to know that improperly securing televisions can lead to such terrible injuries.

Television manufacturers and retailers say they will combat the issue by including pamphlets within instruction manuals that stress the importance of securing televisions and placing them on the proper furniture. However, most consumers will ignore these pamphlets and think that such an accident will never happen to them. In order to change this mindset, the CPSC must take action. We urge you to implement a program that will increase the public’s awareness of this serious issue.


[Your Name Here]

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