Several years ago we stayed in a hotel for a street race. My husband used to race go karts and the whole family including extended family would attend. One night the kids were rough housing and the television in the hotel fell off the stand and came within inches of landing on hubby’s 4 yr old nephew who was almost crushed by the television set. If it wasn’t for hubby’s cousins quick reflex’s and reaching out to grab the television it could of been a terrible mishap. The whole incident could have been avoided if the television had been mounted or secured to the wall.
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.
Every parent is concerned about making their home a safe environment for their children, but hazard proofing for TVs is often overlooked because most people are unaware of this danger.
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.
In order to help reduce TV-related injuries and create a safe environment for all TVsafety.org was created and sponsored by SANUS, makers of TV wall mounts, in partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide 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.
On tvsafety.org you’ll find more information and statistics about TV safety a map of location in the U.S where TV injuries and deaths have occurred. You can read actual news stories about real people who have been injured or killed by tipping TVs. You’ll find solution for safely displaying your flat panel TV. You’ll also find a store locator to find retail locations where you can purchase products to safely secure a TV.
TV Safety Securing Your Flat-Panel
Mounting your flat-panel TV is the safest, most secure way to avoid injury. Mounting a TV is quite easy. Most wall mounts can be installed in a few steps with common household tools, such as a stud finder to locate studs in the wall (where the mount will secure to), a drill and a screwdriver.
Although the safest option is to mount your flat-panel TV, a safety strap can also help prevent serious injuries from happening. Simply secure one end of the safety strap to your TV and the other to the wall and you can easily minimize serious injuries
If your planning on purchasing a flat-panel television this holiday season be sure to invest in the safety of a Sanus wall mount to secure your television to the wall and avoid injuries.
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