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Feb. 6 is National TV Safety Day: Climbing children at risk

By Staff | Feb 3, 2016

Every three weeks in the United States, a child dies from a TV tipping over. That tragic statistic is why Safe Kids Lee/Collier Counties is bringing partners and families together to promote National TV Safety Day on Feb. 6. National TV Safety Day is celebrated the day before the big game, as families around the country prepare to gather around their TVs for this must-see event.

“As the big game approaches, it’s a great reminder to take inventory of the TV’s in your home,” said Sally Kreuscher, Child Advocacy program coordinator and Safe Kids coordinator at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, in a prepared statement. “You want to make sure all furniture and TV’s are properly secured from tipping over. Also, if your heavy, old-style TV has outlived its usefulness, consider recycling it. Your home will be safer for it.”

Heavier, box-style CRT TVs placed on dressers or high furniture can tip over and cause serious injuries, even death, if children climb onto the furniture. Children under age 5 are the most at risk, accounting for the majority of TV tip-over injuries. And about half (47 percent) of TV and furniture tip-over incidents happen in a bedroom.

Safe Kids Lee/Collier Counties encourages families to include TV safety as part of their childproofing plans by placing CRT TVs on low, stable pieces of furniture. For families with flat-panel televisions, mount TVs to the wall to reduce the risk of TV tip-overs.

Safe Kids Lee/Collier Counties recommends these tips to help keep kids safe.

1. Properly place your old TV. If you have a heavier, box-style TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture that is appropriate for the TV’s size and weight.

2. Secure your flat-panel TV. Be sure your flat-panel TV is properly secured with a mount that has a safety certification by an independent laboratory (such as UL, CSA, ETL).

3. Recycle your TV. To find a location near your home that safely and responsibly recycles unwanted TVs, go towww.GreenerGadgets.org.

Source: Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida