Rospa highlights Christmas personal injury danger of televisions

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa) has drawn attention to the possibility of injury claims this Christmas by urging people to take care with large flat-screen televisions.

It cites figures released by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio which indicate there has been a rise in injuries among people handling the products in recent years.

The research shows that an average of nearly 15,000 under-18s visited emergency departments annually between 1990 and 2007 because they were injured when the products tipped over, and that there was a 40 per cent increase in incidents during the period.

Errol Taylor, Rospa’s deputy chief executive, said: "With flat-screen televisions becoming increasingly popular and many families likely to have a new set for Christmas, now is a crucial time to talk about safety."

Earlier this month, Rospa encouraged people to switch off hair straighteners whenever they not in use, after a rise in the number of young children being burned by the products.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19505959-ADNFCR

Rospa highlights Christmas personal injury danger of televisions

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