The Importance of TV Safety in the Home

26 Mar, 2013

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Unsecured flat-panel TVs in the home pose a great safety risk, especially to young children. Due to increasingly large television screen sizes and new ultra-thin designs, today’s flat-panel TVs can easily tip when bumped or pulled, causing them to topple off furniture and potentially causing injury or even death.

You can just imagine what a 60-inch TV weighing upwards of 150 lbs. could do if it fell off a dresser and onto a toddler. It’s a scary thought!

A 2012 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report revealed that a child dies every three weeks from unsecured TVs toppling over. In addition, nearly 19,000 people visit the emergency room each year with injuries sustained from TV tip-overs. You might be surprised to know these injuries are becoming more common, having increased 31 percent in the last 10 years. But perhaps more alarming is the fact most people aren’t even aware of this danger. Only 28 percent of parents secure their flat-panel TVs on the wall, and approximately 73 percent of parents haven’t heard media reports about TVs falling over and hurting children.

The good news is TV-related injuries and deaths can easily be prevented. Use of a flat-panel TV wall mount is the safest and most secure way to avoid injury. To this day, there has never been a known fatality from a mounted flat-panel TV.

You can take simple action today to increase TV safety throughout your home and have peace of mind knowing your family can watch television without the risk of it falling over. Much like putting your child in a car seat or having them wear a bike helmet, mounting your TV is an easy way to keep your child safe.

As the market leader in TV mounting solutions for the home, SANUS is committed to spreading awareness about TV Safety. SANUS has partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to providing parents and caregivers with practical and proven resources to protect kids from unintentional injuries. SANUS and Safe Kids are partaking in several initiatives to educate people about the importance of TV mounting.

Please take a moment to visit the h.h. gregg TV Safety page online to learn more about safe TV mounting solutions. There, you can read TV tip-over data first hand, see real-life injury reports (including those in your geographical area), learn tips from the “safety buddy,” and, most importantly, find the best TV mounting solutions for your home.

Once you’ve found a mount for your TV, be sure to use the SANUS HeightFinder tool to give you the exact measurements for installing your newly purchased wall mount.

And finally, please help us spread the word by telling your friends and family about the SANUS TV Safety Initiative. It is our goal that together we can help reduce TV-related injuries and create a safe environment for all to enjoy.

For more stats on TV safety, check out the infographic below to learn more.

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(Guest post from Lauren Theobald of Sanus)

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