Childhood Climbing Can Lead to Injury
MADISON - Children who enjoy the adventure of climbing up furniture, cabinetry and other household fixtures are putting themselves at risk for injury.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 3,000 children younger than 5 years old were treated in emergency rooms for injuries relating to TV tip-overs in 2005.
Eighty percent of deaths caused by television or furniture tip-overs involved young children.
"Children are naturally curious and love to climb on furniture, but our roles as caregivers must include supervision and taking simple steps to decrease the risk of injury from furniture tip-over," says Nan Peterson, RN, a child safety expert at American Family Children's Hospital.
Peterson says unstable furniture should be secured to the wall or to the floor with brackets, screws and straps. Also, items that may tempt kids to climb, such as remote controls or toys, should be removed from tops of televisions or pieces of furniture.
Electrical cords that may be used to pull TVs, stereos and other devices off furniture should be kept out of the child's reach.
Date Published: 06/08/2009