TV Tip-overs Send 10 Kids to ER Each Week

January 31, 2020

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. To help prevent these TV tip overs,

Saturday, Feb. 1, is National TV Safety Day - and it's conveniently the day before Super Bowl. As families prepare to gather around their television sets for that must-see event, it’s a good time to remind them about simple things they can do to make their homes safer.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Recycle your TV. To find a location to safely and easily recycle unwanted TVs, go to www.GreenerGadgets.org.
  3. 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