Vancouver Homes Have Deadly TV’s

The Things You Learn

Most Vancouver Realtors® enter daily conversations with clients. During a meeting last night, my client, a senior nurse at the Vancouver General Hospital, the city’s largest, shared with me results of a pediatric seminar focused on unsuspected dangers in Vancouver homes.

Until now, I never considered the inanimate television as something that was dangerous nor was I aware of how instrumental a television can be in creating a family catastrophe.

Entertainment Friend or Child’s Worst Enemy

Television programs are only one aspect of a greater problem. The television itself presents a serious danger to young children. Televisions are heavy. Size dependant, new flat screen units can weigh as much as one hundred pounds.

Their support systems are esthetically pleasing, designed to make them seem slim, they offer minimal anti “tipping” capability. Inherently, they are not stable and where curious children are involved, they represent a constant source of peril and with little effort, they topple. Their weight, according to evidence and study, is sufficient to crush the child, causing deadly harm.

Traditional CRT televisions present equal peril. In many Vancouver homes they are placed on unsecured platforms including flimsy TV stands, the top of chests of drawers in the bedroom, or shelving systems ill equipped to carry the weight or dimension of the television unit.

My client told me of a situation where the young child was playing in their parents bedroom. Curious and wanting to come closer to the character on the television, the young child opened successive drawers to form a staircase. As the child climbed the stairs, the extended drawers acting as a lever, toppled the chest. In this case the chest and TV crushed the child’s skull causing death.

Children Seriously Hurt

As curious as the child, I Googled “FALLING TV” and was astounded by the number and frequency of such occurrences. You too will find many incidents reported where little people who have have died when a TV crushed them. Our Vancouver homes are not exclusive in having this present danger. It can be found in cities like Seattle, Chicago,Arizona or Sydney Australia bearing results that are strikingly and unfortunately, similar.

Making Your Home Safe

Consumer Reports offer a starting resource to help you determine ways for you to make your television and home safer. Safe television can range from simply having as a strong lower TV stand, to fully securing the unit to your homes wall or floor.

Check out more General Home Safety tips from Achieve BC. Safety in your Vancouver home is up to you.

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*Disclaimer: Statistics Courtesy REBGV. While believed to be accurate they are not guaranteed. **Numbers provided may vary as they are dynamically posted by the REBGV.

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*Disclaimer: Statistics Courtesy REBGV. While believed to be accurate they are not guaranteed.
**Numbers provided may vary as they are dynamically posted by the REBGV.

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