As parents, we do what we can to childproof our homes, but some of the most dangerous risks are things we don’t realize are risks! Sure, you’ve covered all the outlets, locked the cabinets and secured bookshelves to the wall, but is your child safe around your TV? Before having a child, I thought that wall mounting a TV was an esthetic thing, but it is so much safer to have your flat-panel TV out of your child’s reach!
What is the issue?
Unsecured flat-panel TVs pose a great risk to consumers, and more specifically to small children. Due to their increasingly thin designs, today’s flat panels can easily tip over at the slightest bump or nudge, causing them to topple off furniture, potentially causing injury or even death.
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.
Making the home a safe environment is a concern of every parent, but hazard proofing for TVs is often overlooked because most people are unaware of this danger.
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. It is their goal that we can help to reduce TV-related injuries and create a safe environment for all to enjoy.
- 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.
What is the solution?
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.
We were recently given a Sanus TV mount to help make our home a little more safe. It was simple to install, didn’t take much time, and now not only is our TV out of our son’s reach, it also looks better!
We encourage you to wall mount your TVs as well! It doesn’t take too much time or effort, and you will have peace of mind!
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 one end to your furniture, and you can easily minimize serious injuries