Household Safety Tips | TV tip-overs & General Appliance Safety in the Home
About a year ago our family purchased our first flat panel television. Up until that point I had never realized what a potential hazard flat screen TV’s could be for children. Our old tube televisions were extremely heavy and if knocked accidentally by a child they didn’t even wiggle. When we unboxed our first HDTV and I saw how small the base was and how large the screen was I became concerned. On the stand the television was wobbly I could just imagine a child knocking it while playing nearby or swinging a toy around and hitting it causing it to topple over… possibly onto them.
In a 2011 report, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) revealed that a child is killed every three weeks from TV instability, and that an estimated 20,000 people are treated in the ER every year due to injuries from tipping TVs. Alarmingly, the issue is growing; This same report indicated that injuries from TV tip-overs have increased 25% from 2006-2010.
Making the home a safe environment is a concern of every parent. Many spend hours baby proofing down to table corners, but hazard proofing for TVs is often overlooked because most people are unaware of this danger.
The statistics are eye opening.
Did you know that…
· A child is killed every three weeks from TV instability.
· 176 deaths were reported from 2000-2010 due to tipping TVs; 96% of these fatalities were children 10 years or younger.
· 16 deaths were reported from tipping TVs in 2010.
· There were approximately 89,800 emergency room visits related to TV tip-overs from 2006-2010.
· 71% of tip-over related injuries happen to children 10 years old and younger.
· There were an estimated 20,000 TV tip-over injuries in 2010.
· Tip-over-related injuries grew by 25% from 2006-2010.
What is the solution?
TVsafety.org is a consumer awareness website that was created to educate the public on this growing danger and present safe solutions to protect families. It is the site’s goal to help reduce TV-related injuries and create a safe environment for all to enjoy.
The most secure way to avoid injury is to mount your flat-panel TV to the wall. We found out quickly that mounting a TV to the wall is easy! Most mounts do not require special tools… just a stud finder, a drill and screwdriver! If wall mounting is not an option, you can also secure a safety strap to both the TV and the wall.
You can purchase a Sanus Television Wall Mount on their website
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