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Falling TVs injure more than 17,000 kids each year

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"I'm thankful to be alive," said Brooklyn Barton after a full recovery. She is one of an increasing number of kids injured by falling TVs. "I'm thankful to be alive," said Brooklyn Barton after a full recovery. She is one of an increasing number of kids injured by falling TVs.
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(WMC-TV) - New numbers reinforce the need for a warning that falling televisions can be deadly to children.

"I heard her yell, 'Mama!' and I went in there and she was on the floor," said Jenny Barton. "She was just on the floor, just like she was peaceful. She was dead, that's all I could imagine was that she was dead."

Barton, of Milan, Tennessee, remembers the day she found her 7-year-old daughter unconscious, bleeding from the ear after being crushed by the TV in her bedroom.

"I'm thankful to be alive," said Brooklyn Barton after a full recovery. She is one of an increasing number of kids injured by falling TVs.

A new report out by the journal Pediatrics shows that every year more than 17,000 children under the age of 18 are treated for various TV-related injuries. Between 2000 and 2011, 215 children died from the same types of injuries.

"Since 1990, there has been about a quarter of a million children that have been injured by falling furniture or televisions," said Chief of Emergency Services Barry Gilmore, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. "That translates to 14,000 a year, 40 a day, and 300 will die each year."

He continued, "Some of that has to do with just furniture sizes. It also has a lot to do with the fact that we really like big screen televisions nowadays. Those are a lot more unstable."

Big televisions are not going away, but safety is all in the way you secure them to the wall. First, they must be secured to the wall, in fact, if it is sitting on furniture, both the piece of furniture and the TV should be secured to the wall.

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