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Alarming rise in kids hurt by falling TVs

(REUTERS) — A child is rushed to a U.S. emergency department every 45 minutes with an injury that’s related to a falling television, according to a new study.

“These are occurring primarily to younger children… When (the TVs) start coming toward them, they don’t realize the danger,” said Dr. Gary Smith, the study’s senior author and president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance.

Previous research has found that TVs are involved in child injuries, and that the frequency may be increasing. But according to the report published on Monday in Pediatrics, those studies were mostly small case studies, and the information was becoming out of date as the style and average number of TVs in U.S. homes has been changing in recent years.