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TV Safety Securing your Flat-Panel and a Sanus Wall Mount Giveaway #tvsafety

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.

Deaths:

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.

Injuries:
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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Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    There have been two deaths and one injury in my zip code! WOW! We are moving right now and don’t have a tv, but plan on getting one on black friday!

  2. laurie says:

    71% of injurys are children tipping them oer

  3. Maggie C says:

    I find it interesting that they’re paired with Safe Kids Worldwide. We have a Vizio and love it though we could always go bigger. :)

  4. Ann Fantom says:

    I learned that there were 89,800 emergency room visits from 2006 – 2010 related to TV tip overs.

  5. Spencer says:

    I learned many people were injured by tvs while climbing dressers. I’m hoping to buy a new tv for xmas :)

  6. Marci says:

    There aren’t any accidents in my area….thank goodness!

    We have a 55″ LG LW5600 3D Tv….I love it!!!

  7. Shanyn Claycomb says:

    There were two incidents in my area (Omaha, NE) and luckily both kiddos lived. This happened to my son but thankfully he was ok…the bed took the brunt of the weight. So scary! We own a 60″ Panasonic….we love it!

  8. Thanks for the safety tips.

  9. cherise says:

    Wow there are 4 near me. I am looking to buy a tv this black friday for our playroom and safety is very important in there!

  10. christine jessamine says:

    i learned it was just back in october that a kid had a tv fall on him near where i live. one of my flat screen tvs is a sony

  11. runinboise says:

    we have an old tv and its gonna need to be replaced soon.

  12. Karen Medlin says:

    our brand is a samsung, 14 percent of the injuries are internal organ injuries

  13. Liza Hippler says:

    Wow! I had no idea so many kids were killed or hurt from televisions! We have two that are mounted to our wall and another – Samsung, 42″ – that’s just on a stand. We should probably mount that!

  14. debbie says:

    I looked and there weren’t any in my area, but I noticed alot near the part of the state my extended family live in. I think we have a sony, it is okay.

  15. Lisa R says:

    Now I’m really worried since reading this. The average tv weighing the same as 3 bowling balls. I don’t know how secure my wall mount is and we just mounted them recently. I have a few flat screen tv’s the one I’m watching is a sony, I think it’s a 32 in or if they make a 36 it might be that

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  16. D Schmidt says:

    I found it both interesting and upsetting to type in my zip code and see all the injuries in my area.

  17. carole says:

    a 32 inch flat screen tv weighs as much as 3 bowling balls

    I have an old tv……cant think of the name and I want a new one

  18. julie says:

    learned the average weight of tv is like 3 bowling balls I knew they were heavy but did not realize how heavy ..
    we havea panasonic 50 inch

  19. lisa lo says:
  20. Claire says:

    I can’t remember what brand I own right off hand. emerson? I learned that the average weight of a flat screen is 50 lbs