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.