KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission says one child dies every two weeks when a piece of furniture falls on them.
The findings show that of the more than 349 people killed by falling furniture, including televisions, in the last 12 years. Eighty-four percent of them were children under the age of nine.
The majority of accidents (45 percent) happened in a bedroom. About 70 percent of the accidents involved televisions. And 58 percent of the time the victims died by being crushed under the object, while 16 percent died from suffocation and 14 percent from being hit or struck.
In the majority of cases, children were either pulling or climbing on the object before it fell.
The number of injuries is also high. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that there are 71 injuries every day. In fact, from 2009 to 2011, 43,200 people were treated in emergency rooms for these types of accidents.
Experts say the best solution to prevent these kind of accidents is to anchor televisions and furniture to the wall. For families who can’t afford to buy anchors or straps for their furniture, a Johnson County organization might be able to help. Its called Charlie’s House and it’s dedicated to the memory of a little boy who died in the Northland when a piece of furniture fell on top of him. For more information contact www.charlieshouse.org