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National TV Safety Day – Check your TV for Safety


Laura Hubbard, Sr. Manager, Division & Policy Communications, Consumer Technology Association
When we brought our first born home, I did what most parents do: child-proofed the home. But where I placed my television was not on my check list. Sadly, I’m not alone. Every 45 minutes in the United States, a child is rushed to the emergency room for injuries caused by televisions that are not appropriately secured.
 
Now that I have a very independent toddler who wants to do things on his own, I see just how important it is to make sure that all the TVs in my home are placed properly. This year, CEA has joined with Safe Kids Worldwide to launch National TV Safety Day on February 1, 2014, the day before the big game.
 
As families prep for the big game, National TV Safety Day raises awareness of the simple things we can do to make their homes safer. Safe Kids and CEA recommend these tips to help keep kids safe:
 
1.       Secure your TV. If you have an older cathode ray tube (CRT) TV, make sure you place it on a low, stable piece of furniture that is appropriate for the TV’s size and weight.
 
2.       Recycle your TV. To find a location to safely and easily recycle unwanted TVs, go to GreenerGadgets.org.
 
3.       If you’re replacing your CRT TV with a new TV, be sure it’s properly secured.
 
I asked my colleagues to send photos of the TVs in their homes to see how we were doing. As you would imagine, since this is CEA, many of us have large HDTVs that are mounted to the wall. This is a great way to secure your TV. If you aren’t sure how to safely mount your television, consider contacting a professional installer. 









 
When not able to mount your flat panel TV, it’s best to place it on a stand that is sized correctly for the television. 












If your TV is place on a piece of furniture, make sure it doesn’t hang over the edge or is placed on items like a cable box that can cause the weight of the TV to be unbalanced. Here are some examples of placement that are not ideal: 

Lastly, if you have an older CRT TV, it is very important that you pay special attention to where it is placed in your home. Dressers or furniture that is not appropriate for the size and weight of the TV should be avoided. Here’s a great example of a CRT TV on a low, stable piece of furniture that is appropriate for its size and weight.
 
If you aren’t using the CRT TV, consider taking it to a local recycling location to properly dispose of the TV and get it out of the home. You can visit greenergadgets.org to find a recycler in your community.
 
 

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