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TV and Furniture Tip-Overs

Posted at 7:13 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 20:13:21-05
According to Safe Kids.Org, every three weeks, a child dies from a TV tip over. 
 
Kim Hess, the Executive Director for the Center for Childhood Safety joined us on “Wisconsin Tonight” to discuss the dangers and what can be done to prevent injuries.
 
Parents should mount flat-screen TVs on a wall and put older-style TVs on low, stable pieces of furniture.
The Hard Facts
 
Every 3 weeks a child dies from a television tipping over. Over the past 10 years, a child visited the emergency room every 45 minutes because of a TV tipping over.
 
Top Tips
 
-Assess the stability of the TVs in your home.
 
-Mount flat-panel 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 heavier, box-style cathode ray tube (CRT) TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture that is appropriate for the TV's size and weight.
 
-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. Here are some step-by-step tips to help.
 
-Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall.