2 Year Old Utah Boy Killed by TV

MrPogi

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#1
It's happened again: A child killed when a TV fell on him.
2-year-old dies after TV falls on him | The Salt Lake Tribune
The grandparents were in a different room about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when they heard a thud from the living room of the house, near 2600 S. 8850 West, said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal. There they found the child pinned under a 32-inch tube-style TV, Hoyal said. He was taken by ambulance to Intermountain Medical Center and later flown to Primary Children’s Hospital, where he died about 8:30 p.m.
PLEASE, secure your TV sets, folks! I prefer a wall mount wherever possible.
 
#2
This is heartbreaking. Given the prevalance of earthquakes and natural disasters in this country, securing your TV and any heavy object/appliance when you have kids in this house should be a top priority.
 

Orrymain

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#3
TVs on walls or mantles etc make me very nervous. I've seen pictures of big TVs on tables barely big enough to support them. This is so sad and such a waste of life.
 

SamuelB

DTVUSA Member
#4
Oh man. My mother used to have this enormous old tv, well it wasn't that old then, in her house. It totally fell on my daughter when she was 5, she was playing under a table near the tv and must have got caught up in a cable or something. I don't know how she did it but the tv fell... Luckily it got stuck somewhere between the cabinet and the table, my girl wasn't even hurt, but we were so scared and she was so even more. It's so upsetting to hear someone had less luck than we did.
 

MrPogi

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#5
This is heartbreaking. Given the prevalence of earthquakes and natural disasters in this country, securing your TV and any heavy object/appliance when you have kids in this house should be a top priority.
Regardless of whether you have children, your TV should be secured. A wall mount should cost no more than $100, and installation should take 2 people about 30 minutes. (The mount for my 55" LCD cost under $20)
 
#6
I don't even understand the need for a TV bigger than 19 inches today. You have multiple TVs in every home, each person watching his own shows. You can set them as close as you want, to swallow up as much of your field of vision as you like. I can get a used laptop for under $150 at 7 lbs with a 17 inch screen that plays everything OTA and on the internet. If I want to move it, I don't have to call the National Guard. If it fell, I'd worry about the lappie, not the dog.

Rick
 
#8
These days movies are "wide screen" and 16 X 9 fits poorly on a CRT tube TV. That's not my idea of a home theater.
I didn't say anything about a CRT. You can get wide screen 19" LCD, LED... anything you like. Shoot, you can even get one at 15" in high def! If you have more than one people watching, you get multiple screens. Point is, it makes life easier when you move and they're not health hazards!

Planar PL1910w - Grade A - 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor
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Rick
 

MrPogi

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#9
I don't even understand the need for a TV bigger than 19 inches today. You have multiple TVs in every home, each person watching his own shows. You can set them as close as you want, to swallow up as much of your field of vision as you like. I can get a used laptop for under $150 at 7 lbs with a 17 inch screen that plays everything OTA and on the internet. If I want to move it, I don't have to call the National Guard. If it fell, I'd worry about the lappie, not the dog.

Rick
If you live all alone, it's a great idea, Rick - and a real money saver, too. A smaller TV is going to cost less up-front and less energy use over the life of the TV. There's a lot of decent TV sets 32" and under for less than $200.

But I can't see my whole family gathered together in front of a 19" TV for movie night, and we aren't all going to sit in front of our own personal TV screen! Also, big TV sets are pretty cheap these days. I was just at Walmart and saw a number of TV sets on clearance. The 50-60 inch sets were going for about $500 - $800, and they had a few Vizio 70" LED sets for around $1200.
 

MrPogi

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#10
Ricki,

These days movies are "wide screen" and 16 X 9 fits poorly on a CRT tube TV. That's not my idea of a home theater.

Jim
I don't see any reason for someone to be holding on to those old CRT sets, new sets are so cheap and energy efficient. But I will admit to owning two of them - they are newer 27" models with built-in DVD and VCR. One is in our guest room and the other is in my garage, and neither one is used much. It would cost me several hundred dollars to replace them both, it's just not cost effective. That said, while they are HUGE and HEAVY, both of them are very securely mounted!
 
#11
This situation is horrible. We made sure to mount our main TV on the wall well out of reach of our 20 month old! We do have 2 older (and heavy) CRT boxes in the home (we have a lot of kids), so each of those is setup to where it can't be pulled on, etc by the little ones.
 
#12
My mother had a personal type situation happens to her except her television blew up in her face while she had 8 guests over for a lottery party. It was pretty bad nothing came of it because of her being so passive. Ironic how accidents happen with the most used electronic in the American home today.We just need to learn hoe to be safe and smart in these situations.
 

FWAmie

DTVUSA Member
#15
I have a 55" tv, It is not mounted on the wall, for the fact that our wall doesn't seem to be able to hold how heavy it is. But neither of my kids go near the TV because they know its a NO touch zone.
 
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