Every three weeks in the United States, a child dies from a TV tipping over. That’s why Safe Kids Missoula is bringing partners and families together to promote National TV Safety Day on February 2. National TV Safety Day is celebrated the day before the big game, as families across 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 to prevent tip-over injuries and fatalities.
Safe Kids Missoula recommends these tips to help keep kids safe.
- Secure TVs.Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall. Place older, box-style TVs on a low, stable piece of furniture designed to bear more weight. Anchor the TV to the wall or the piece of furniture.
- Attach furniture to the wall. Use anti-tip brackets, braces or wall straps to secure furniture to the wall. Install stops on dresser drawers to prevent them from being pulled all the way out.
- Rearrange household items.Store heavy objects on lower shelves or in lower drawers. Avoid placing remote controls, toys or other items in places where kids might be tempted to climb up or reach for them.