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Monday, July 22, 2013 - 6:41pm

Four days ago a 3-year-old boy in South Texas, near the San Antonio area, a young boy died when a television fell and crushed him.

Every thirty minutes in the U.S. a child is treated in the emergency room for an injury caused by a toppling TV. According to the Journal Pediatrics falling televisions sent nearly 200 thousand children to the E.R. in the last 20 years.

Dr. Atoosa Kourosh, Emergency pediatrics doctor at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas says, "Over the last several years this has become a growing problem."In a phone interview with Dr. Kourosh, she says she sees many serious TV related injuries every year—that have even resulted in death, Dr. Kourosh says, "I've seen six to twelve a year, in the past couple of years." Almost half of injuries are caused by a television falling from a dresser or entertainment center.

But these accidents can also happen if your expensive flat screen TV isn't mounted properly to the wall.

One very important way to make sure your children stay safe is to have a professional come install and mount your TV. Dylan Malone, employee at Best Buy in Tyler says, "If you have that TV, you put it up on the wall you don't have the right studs in the wall, you just put it straight into the sheet rock without putting it into the actually studs, that TV will fall."—and it could be on your child.

Malone says, flat screens should always be mounted to the wall securely and all other television’s should be tethered with safety anchors or anti-tip brackets.

For more tips on how to prevent a television from falling on your child visit: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Documents/Protecting_Kids_Furniture_TV_Tip-Overs.pdf

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