RoSPA issues TV warning


RoSPA is challenging adults to ensure their flat-screen televisions are secure - to help protect young children from injury as the World Cup gets underway.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is raising awareness of the instability of flat-screen television sets, which can easily be pulled over by children, as fans prepare to watch host nation Brazil take on Croatia today, June 12.

The number of children being injured by falling televisions is on the rise, accounting for more than 12,000 injuries among under-18s in 2011 according to a United States study - a 125 per cent increase since 1990.

Among the advice issued by RoSPA,it is recommender that free-standing, flat-screen televisions are placed on a wide, stable base (designed to accompany the television), to help reduce the risk of the screen toppling forwards and that anti-tip straps are fitted. Available from leading suppliers of child safety products, these are both easy and effective.