As part of this effort, Safe Kids Worldwide and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ® are teaming up to encourage families to recycle their old TVs. Additionally, they’re urging parents and caregivers to do quick checks of their homes and make sure all of their TVs are safely secured and placed properly. Larger and heavier cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs placed on dressers or high furniture can tip over and cause serious injuries, even death, if children climb onto the furniture.
Safe Kids encourages families to include TV safety as part of their childproofing plans. Here are some top tips:
- Secure your TV. If you have an older CRT TV, make sure you place it on a low, stable piece of furniture that is appropriate for the TV’s size and weight.
- Recycle your TV. To find a location to safely and easily recycle unwanted TVs, go to www.GreenerGadgets.org.
- If you’re replacing your CRT TV with a new TV, be sure it’s properly secured. For flat screen TVs, consider mounting them to the wall.
For more TV safety tips, visit www.safekids.org
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