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Glass Tables Pose Deadly Danger For Kids

Post Time:Mar 17,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:415

Pediatricians Sound Alarm After Team 5 Investigates Reports

A newly released study by emergency room doctors at Children's Hospital in Boston and Consumer Reports is confirming what Team 5 Investigates has been reporting for years -- that glass tables found in many homes can pose a significant, sometimes fatal, risk.

The report in the March issue of Pediatric Emergency Care found that between 1995 and 2007 at least 174 young children were injured when glass tables in their home suddenly shattered. Eighty percent required surgery.

Doctors named in the study concluded that “more than half of the injuries may have been prevented or mitigated with the use of tempered glass.”

For years Team 5 Investigates Susan Wornick has reported on the dangers of exploding glass tables. In fact, pediatricians at Children’s Hospital credited Wornick’s reports with providing the spark of an idea for their research.

“I didn’t see it, but I heard it,” said Doreen Kirby, a consumer whose glass table exploded.

Two of David DiPierro’s glass tables shattered, one just seconds after his 3-year-old daughter walked away. “If she was sitting here she could have been hurt.”

“Definitely there should be a two-pronged approach to this,” said Dr. Amir Kimia, an emergency room doctor at Children’s Hospital who is also the lead researcher in the study.

“One is for the public to be aware these injuries are serious, significant and for pediatricians to recommend that households where there are young children maybe a glass table is not a great idea.”

In fact last December an 11-year-old Providence, R.I., girl bled to death after she was cut by a glass table in her home.

Doctors and consumer advocates said tables made of tempered glass are safer because when they break, the pieces of glass are not as sharp or dangerous as regular glass.

Team 5 Investigates discovered that while tempered glass is mandated by law on car windshields and other common items, there are no regulations about the use of tempered glass on tables.

“I think there is precedence with other types of glass furniture, glass doors. All that needs to be done is to add one more item to that list,” said Kimia.

Dr. Michael Shannon, of Children’s Hospital, co-authored the study before his sudden and unexpected death last week. Shannon’s colleagues are determined to get tempered glass laws expanded to include tables, as part of his legacy.

“We will gather national data to show the magnitude of these injuries beyond a single hospital here in Boston, until there is a change,” he said.

Source: thebostonchannel.comAuthor: shangyi

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