Is Your TV Ready for the Big Game?

Safety experts mark February 6 as National TV Safety Day

This statistic is both alarming and preventative: every three weeks in the United States, a child dies from a TV tipping over. Children under age 5 account for the majority of TV tip-over injuries and about 47 percent of TV and furniture tip-over incidents happen in a bedroom, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.

National TV Safety Day is celebrated the day before the Superbowl, as families around the country prepare to gather around their TVs for this must-see event. The day raises awareness about TV tip-overs and educates parents and caregivers about the importance of securing TVs, or removing unwanted TVs from the home and recycling them.

Parents and caregivers are urged to do a quick check of their home to make sure all TVs are safely secured and properly placed. Heavier, box-style TVs placed on dressers or high furniture can tip over and cause serious injuries, even death, if children climb onto the furniture.  Remember these tips to help keep kids safe:

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, ETL).

3. Recycle your TV. To find a location near your home that safely and responsibly recycles unwanted TVs, go to www.GreenerGadgets.org.

For more information on safety tips, please visit www.chp.edu/injury-prevention.