Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Is Your Flat Panel TV Safe in Your Home?

One of our favorite things to do as a family is grab some blankets and pillows, make some popcorn and put a good movie on the television. Like most families, our main television in the living room is a flat panel television. We bought the television as a house warming gift to ourselves when we bought our home three years ago. We also bought a tall television stand to keep the television on. 374 has an extensive DVD collection, so we needed ample space to house his collection. Also, at the time Bubby was four and Sassy was a year and a half old and we wanted a stand that would keep the television out of the reach of sticky little fingers. 

At the time, the one thing we didn't consider was the television being top heavy. Perching the 42'' device atop the television stand may not have been the wisest choice looking back. There were days the drawer was yanked open in a fitful attempt to retrieve a remote and days when Sassy was sure there was no harm in swinging ON the doors of the stand. At any moment there could have been enough movement to cause the television to come toppling over on top of them. 

After 374 joined the department and started answering fire and EMS calls, we became even more safety conscious around the house. We checked ourselves last year with the Kidde Home Safety Audit, and fared pretty well. However, for a while now one of the changes we have wanted to make in our home is to get rid of the television stand and mount our television on the wall. We have recently started shopping around for a wall mount and have been playing with layouts of the furniture and wall decor in the living room. Much to my surprise last week, I opened my email to find a message from SANUS. They have offered our family to review one of their television mounts. We are currently readying our living room - including new paint! - while we await it's arrival. 

Consider these stats - 

A 2011 US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on flat panel TV safety revealed:·         A child is killed every three weeks from an unsecured TV·         Every 45 minutes a child visits an emergency room due to a TV tip-over related injury·         Between 2000 and 2011, 215 fatalities have resulted from TV tip-over·         An estimated 17,000 people each year, the majority of which are children, are treated for injuries from TV tip-overs·         Reported cases have increased almost 25% from 2006  to 2010, and over the last 10 years, injuries have increased by 31%

Televisions continue to get bigger and thinner each year. These thin designs allow for the units to easily be bumped off a stand and topple over onto a child. Mounting your television to a wall is just as important as mounting a dresser or bookshelf to a wall. We all know the dangers of big, heavy furniture toppling over onto a child causing injury or death. What everyone needs to become aware of is the dangers with our televisions as well. SANUS, the leading designer and manufacturer of flat panel television wall mounts and Safe Kids Worldwide has embarked on a campaign to educate consumers to help keep families safe while enjoying quality time in the comforts of their homes.

If your television isn't already on a wall mount, I urge you to take a few minutes to browse the Safe Kids site, and check out the many versatile options SANUS offers. Also, I recommend EVERYONE take a minute to visit the Kidde Home Audit site, it just may open your eyes to a safety issue that as been overlooked in your home. Preventing injury, death and property damage in your home is worth the few minutes it takes to complete the audit!


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