5 Tips to Avoid
a TV Tip-over
in Your Home
What can you do?
TV SAFETY EXPERT LAUREN THEOBALD
The statistics are real. On average, every two
weeks a child dies from an unsecured TV tipping
over. And nearly 11,000 children are injured
each year in the U.S. Alarmingly, most of these
injuries happen in bedrooms (42%) and living /
family rooms (21%) to children younger than 5
years old. Research indicates a child is rushed to
the emergency room every 47 minutes in the
United States, which is less time than it takes to
watch an episode of Sesame Street.
1. SAFETY CHECK: First things first. Check the
stability of all TVs in your home: both flat-panel
and tube-style TVs. Unsecured TVs can cause
injuries regardless of TV size and shape. In fact, a
TV can fall with the force of thousands of pounds.
That is 10 times more powerful than being hit by
a NFL lineman.
2. REVIEW YOUR LIST:
a. Tube TVs: Move them to a low, stable piece of
furniture. If you use this TV infrequently you can
recycle it at no cost to you; learn where you can
do this at greenergadgets.org.
b. Flat-Panel and Curved TVs: These TVs may
seem less of a danger for children; however,
flat-panel and curved TVs are top-heavy on a slim
base, which makes them very unstable. Curious
toddlers are unaware of the dangers, and they
have the highest risk, with two-thirds of TV and
furniture tip-over fatalities. The best way to
secure these TVs is to mount them on the wall.
If this is not an option, anchor the TV to the piece
of furniture it is sitting on and/or to the wall.
3. SECURE UNRULY CABLES: Make note of what
you found during your safety check, TVs are the
first issue, but this is also an opportunity to
address any cables that could provide
temptation. Make sure to manage cables behind
the wall, on the wall with a cable cover or tucked
safely inside of a piece of furniture.
4. TV SAFETY IS MOUNTING: The best way to
reduce the risk of a TV tip-over is to mount your
flat-panel TV into the studs in your wall.
5. CHOOSE YOUR MOUNT WISELY: It is best to
choose a mount that has been safety tested to
hold its advertised weight capacity. Look for
third-party verification like UL (Underwriters
Laboratory) on the TV mount box: