PCs: Hidden Hurters

6:00 PM They're wreaking holy heck in the home

June 10, 2009

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PCs: Hidden Hurters

6:00 PM -- Everybody panic! Yahoo! News! trumpets! this! shocker! "Computers Causing Injuries in the Home."

  • Computers are everywhere in the home these days -- the office, the kid's room, maybe even on the kitchen table.

    And that, according to new research, has led to more people showing up in emergency rooms with computer-related injuries.

    That increase has not been slight: From 1994 to 2006, injuries caused by people tripping over computer wires or getting hit by falling equipment rose from about 1,300 a year to 9,300 a year, an increase of 732 percent nationwide.

    Children under the age of 5 had the highest injury rate. The leading cause of injury for small children, and for adults over 60, was tripping or falling over computer equipment.

There it is. Stuff in your home. You can trip over it. Beware.

Next: We look at the kitchen chair -- threat or menace?

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

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