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How to Prevent TV and Furniture Tip-Overs

Family watching a wall-mounted TV

Sometimes the most dangerous things in our homes aren’t the most likely suspects. We all know it’s a good idea to place medicines, cleaners, and hazardous liquids out of the reach of small children. Car seats and seat belts should be a no-brainer too. But did you ever think about the danger your TV or tall furniture may present to children? Sadly, TV and furniture tip-over accidents are something that happens more frequently than we realize.

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Image courtesy of safekids.org

Let’s take a look at how easy it is to prevent accidents like these from happening. Here are the top safety tips from safekids.org:

  • Assess the stability of the TVs in your home.
  • Mount flat-panel TVs to the wall to prevent them from toppling off stands. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you have a secure fit.
  • If you have a heavier, box-style cathode ray tube (CRT) TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture that is appropriate for the TV’s size and weight.
  • If you no longer use your CRT TV, consider recycling it. To find a location to safely and easily recycle unwanted TVs, go to www.GreenerGadgets.org. Here are some step-by-step tips to help.
  • Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall.

You can use these anti-tip straps to help secure furniture and televisions to a wall. They’re easy to install and can support a TV that measures up to 70 inches! You can also install a TV wall mount that delivers a smooth, seamless look that’s also extremely safe.

With the Super Bowl right around the corner and millions of families tuning in, there’s no
better time to learn how to protect kids from TV tip-overs. That’s why we’re excited to announce
National TV Safety Day is Saturday, February 6th, 2016. Take a few minutes to give your home a double-check to make sure that your TVs and tall furniture are safe and secure!

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