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TV and Furniture Tip-Overs
You wouldn’t think to bring a baby home from the hospital without a car seat or have your child ride a bike without a helmet. Protecting your children from the potential risk of TV and furniture tip-overs is another important part of keeping them safe.
Hard Facts about TV and Furniture Tip-Overs
- Every 3 weeks a child dies from a television tipping over.
- Each day, ten kids go to the ER because of a TV tip-over.
Top Tips for TV Safety
- Secure TVs. Mount flat-panel TVs to the wall. Place older, box-style TVs (CRTs) on low, stable furniture that can hold the weight.
- Attach furniture to the wall. Use anti-tip brackets, braces or wall straps to secure furniture to the wall. Install stops on dresser drawers to keep them from being pulled all the way out.
- Rearrange household items. Store heavy objects on lower shelves or in lower drawers. Avoid placing remote controls, toys or other items in places where kids might be tempted to climb up or reach for them.
- Recycle old TVs. To find a location that safely and easily recycles unwanted TVs, go to www.GreenerGadgets.org.
These tips will help get you started, but if you’re interested in learning more about how to keep your family safe from TV and furniture tip-overs, read a full list of TV and furniture tip-over prevention tips.