18 Month Old Richland Boy Killed by Falling Television Sunday
MORE INFORMATION: Richland Police were able to answer a few questions Monday evening about the tragic accident involving a TV falling on and killing a 18-month-old boy Sunday.
Officers say the boy's mother and her boyfriend were in the apartment on the first block of Jadwin Avenue when it happened. They are both in their early 20's. A neighbor was also in the apartment.
Police also say the TV was not a flat screen, but an old style that weighed at least 100 pounds. They say it was on a rickety, unstable surface.
RICHLAND, WA - An 18-month-old Richland boy died Sunday night after a TV fell on him.
The Benton County Coroner says the boy was transported to Kadlec Medical Center but doctors were not able to save him.
The coroner says an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
The Benton Franklin Health District says the tragedy is an important reminder for parents of the dangers involved with large televisions and furniture around small children.
More from Benton Franklin Health District & Safe Kids Benton-Franklin:
One child dies every three weeks on average in the US from a television tipping over on them and nearly 13,000 more are injured annually.
Top-heavy furniture, televisions, and appliances can be unsteady, and if pulled or climbed on, they can tip over and seriously injure young children. From 2001 to 2011, injuries from TV tip-overs increased by 31 percent. Young children are at greatest risk and 70 percent of those injured are 5 years old or younger.
"What makes these injuries and deaths even sadder is that they are completely preventable," said Kathleen Clary-Cooke, coordinator of Safe Kids Benton-Franklin. "Many people are worried that securing a television to the wall will damage the tv or the wall, but they never dream that it could hurt or kill their child."
Safe Kids Benton-Franklin urges families to conduct a quick TV safety check to assess the stability of the televisions in their home. Remember that a curious, determined child can topple a TV. Children playing with friends or pets can knock a TV over, while other kids might be tempted to climb up to reach items placed on or near a TV, such as remote controls, DVDS, or candy.
Along with other childproofing, families should take the following steps to increase safety in their homes:
• Secure TVs – mount flat screen TVs to the wall following manufacturer's instructions. If you have a large, heavy, old-style cathode-ray tube TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture.
• Secure Furniture – Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture and appliances to the wall. Install stops on dresser drawers to prevent them from being pulled all the way out. Multiple open drawers can cause the weight to shift, making it easier for a dresser to fall.
• Rearrange Household Items – keep heavier items on lower shelves or in lower drawers and avoid placing remote controls, toys, food, or other items in places where kids might be tempted to climb up or reach for them.
For more information about home safety call 509-460-4214 or visit www.safekids.org.