1. SAFETY CHECK
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 an NFL lineman.
2. SECURE YOUR FLAT-PANEL TV
The best way to reduce the risk of a TV tip-over is to mount your
flat-panel TV to the studs in your wall. Mounting your TV is the
safest option because it uses the wall strength to secure the
TV and also allows the TV to be placed higher and out of reach.
3. 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 certification
like UL (Underwriters Laboratory) on the TV mount box. Mounts
that are UL certified are tested to four times their rated weight
capacity, ensuring they can hold your TV.
4. SECURE LOOSE 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 to children or become
tripping hazards. Make sure to manage cables either behind
the wall, on the wall with a cable cover or tucked safely inside
a piece of furniture.
1, 2 Source: 2016 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report “Product Instability”
4 Steps to Avoid a TV Tip-Over
in Your Home
The statistics are real. On average, one child dies every two weeks when a TV
or furniture tip-over incident occurs and more than 11,000 additional children are injured
each year in the United States. Alarmingly, most fatalities happen in bedrooms (46%)
and living/family rooms (20%) to children younger than 5 years old.
by TV Safety Expert Lauren Theobald
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