Flat Screen TVs Pose A Tipping Hazard For Young Children

March 21, 2019

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When shopping for a new television, you really don't think of it as a dangerous weapon that could injure your family. But between 2000 and 2017, more than 340 people in the U.S. were killed by a television tipping over, often along with a piece of furniture. Of those killed 72% were children often younger than six years old. In addition to the fatalities, tip-overs involving TVs caused an average of 8,200 injuries a year from 2015 to 2017, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Considering today's flat screen sets are much lighter than the glass tube versions, they are still heavy enough to cause some serious problems.  For instance a 65-include set can weigh more than 78 pounds. And with our TV sets taller and thinner than ever, the tip over risk is real, especially when these sets are on furniture not designed to hold a TV. It's a big reason safety experts recommend mounting flat screen TVs on the wall; regardless of size. If wall-mounting isn't feasible, secure the TV to a wall using anti-tipping straps. Furniture holding the TV can also be anchored to the floor or wall using brackets, screws, or braces. If you're using straps, secure them to a stud in the wall, not into drywall or plaster, which can give way under pressure. Speaking of furniture, make sure it is the appropriate size to hold the TV as well as able to handle the weight. Avoid placing TVs on dressers and chests, because children may be tempted to climb on the drawers, possibly causing the dresser or TV to topple and make sure that electrical cords and cables are out of a child's reach wherever a TV is placed.

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SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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