TV and Furniture Tipover Safety for Parents and Caregivers
Did you know…
- Every three weeks a child dies from a TV tipping over?
- Over the past ten years, a child has visited the emergency room every 45 minutes because of a TV tipping over?
- Seven out of 10 children injured by TV tip-overs are 5 or younger.
Use these tips to ensure that you and the children in your care are safe:
- Check TVs - Do a quick check of the stability of all TVs in your home.
- Secure TVs - Mount flat-screen 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 large, heavy, old-style cathode ray tube (CRT) TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture.
- Recycle Old TVs - 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.
- Secure Furniture - Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall. Install stops on dresser drawers to prevent them from being pulled all the way out. Multiple open drawers can cause the weight to shift, making it easier for a dresser to fall.
- Rearrange Household Items - Keep heavier items on lower shelves or in lower drawers. Avoid placing remote controls, food, toys or other items in places where kids might be tempted to climb up or reach for them.
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