Question: Our new flat screen TV
is too big for our TV cabinet. With young kids in the house, should
I mount it on the wall instead of setting it on our
Answer: Many parents worry about the
effects of television, but most are concerned about the programing,
not the actual TV. But TV placement is important. In fact,
according to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission, one child
dies every two weeks when furniture, an appliance or a TV falls on
them. Seventy percent of injuries are related to television
tip-overs. Kids 1 to 5 are at highest risk, and most
accidents happen in bedrooms. Whether you mount your TV on the wall
or use the base, follow these tips to prevent injuries.
Anchor away. Use furniture anchors or
wall brackets approved by the manufacturer to properly secure the
TV. Follow manufacturer recommendations related to wall structure
and mounting requirements.
When in doubt, hire out. If installing
or securing your television seems too complicated, contact your
retailer and ask about installation services.
Consider the climbers. A TV on top of a
dresser may not be accessible to kids, but drawers, shelves or
other furniture can act as stairs. Rearrange the room, lock drawers
and remove shelves to deter climbers.
Find your old set a new place. Older
televisions containing cathode ray tubes (CRT) tend to be heavier.
Make sure your older television is on a stand appropriate for its
weight and positioned so it doesn't hang over the edge.
Keep track of cords. Electrical cords
and cables connected to televisions can make pulling down a TV
easy. Keep cords out of a child's reach and check for ways to
secure them to furniture or the wall.
Avoid the law of attraction. Many
children are enticed to climb and reach for remote controls or
video game controllers. Keep these out of sight and away from the
reach of young children.
Supervise for safety. Supervising young
kids, especially in unfamiliar environments, is critical to keeping
For more tips, visit the Consumer Electronics
Association's website at
Sharon Cindrich is a mother of two tech-savvy kids from Virginia Beach. Learn more at sharoncindrich.com.
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