Tuesday, February 2, 2016
While everyone is thinking about the Super Bowl this Sunday, there's something else that we all need to have in the forefront of our minds whether or not we have young kids ourselves.
The sad reality is that too many children are being needlessly injured or worse by televisions that tip over. In fact, according to Safe Kids Worldwide and the Consumer Technology Association who brings the tech world CES every January, a child dies from a TV tipping over every three weeks here in the United States.
It's a good thing these two organizations are marking National TV Safety Day on February 6 (the day before the big game when families will gather around their TV sets) with a public service campaign to educate the community. In addition to educating parents, caregivers and others about the importance of properly securing TVs, TV Safety Day also provides information about removing unwanted TVs from the home and recycling them through the Best Buy free electronics recycling program and others.
Children younger than 5 years old are at the highest risk for accidents, with this age group accounting for the most TV tip-over injuries. Don't just consider TVs in the family or living room, either, because about 47 percent of TV and furniture topple incidents happen in a bedroom. In fact, I was shocked to learn as you will be that a recent study by CPSC estimates that a CRT TV can fall from an average-size dresser with an impact force of up to a whopping 12,000 pounds.
Top TV Safety Tips
1. Properly place your old TV. If you have a heavier, box-style TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture that is appropriate for the TV's size and weight.
2. Secure your flat-panel TV. Be sure your flat-panel TV is properly secured with a mount that has a safety certification by an independent laboratory such as UL, CSA or ETL
3. Recycle your TV. To find a location near your home that safely and responsibly recycles unwanted TVs, go to GreenerGadgets.org.
For more information about TV safety and how to protect your little ones visit SafeKids.
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