Game day t-shirt? Check! Chips, dips and snacks? Check! Television for the big game day? Check for safety. The Super Bowl drives more television sales than any other time of year. But did you know that every 45 minutes in the United States, a child is rushed to the emergency room for injuries caused by televisions falling on top of them? To help prevent these TV tip-overs, Safe Kids Kansas is asking families to observe National TV Safety Day on January 31, 2015, by making sure your TVs are secured. National TV Safety Day raises awareness about TV tip-overs and educates parents and caregivers on the simple things they can do to make their homes safer.
To learn TV safety tips, visit: www.safekids.org/video/tv-tip-overs-emerging-danger
“Every 3 weeks a child dies from a television tipping over,” said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas coordinator. “We don’t want any parent to have to endure the loss of a child due to a TV tip-over. National TV Safety Day is a time for families to conduct a quick TV safety check in their home and learn what to do with older TVs that can be dangerous for young kids.”
Safe Kids encourages families to include TV safety as part of their childproofing plans by placing heavy cathode ray tube, or CRT, TVs on low, stable pieces of furniture. If families no longer use their CRT TV, consider recycling it. For families with flat panel televisions, Safe Kids recommends mounting TVs to the wall to reduce the risk of TV tip-overs.
Safe Kids Kansas recommends these top tips to help keep kids safe in communities and improve the environment.
Top tips for parents:
Assess the stability of the TVs in your home.
Mount flat-screen 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 large, heavy, old-style cathode ray tube (CRT) TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture.
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.
For more TV safety tips, visit www.safekids.org.