Keeping Your Children Safe Around TVs


By Rachel Holt

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Every three weeks a child dies from a television tip over.

This Saturday, Safe Kids is celebrating National TV Safety Day and highlighting ways you can keep your child safe.

As families prepare to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday....

Safe Kids would like to remind parents that televisions not properly secured can cause major harm.

"Every 45 minutes somewhere in the United States, a child is taken to an emergency room because of a TV tipping over on the child," explains Carma McKinnon, Safe Kids Magic Valley.

Safe Kids Magic Valley warns that the issue of TV safety is not to be taken lightly.

"As things get exciting for the Super Bowl, those TVs that are huge have the potential of falling over," McKinnon adds.

Only one quarter of adults take action to secure their TVs to the wall.

"They have them at most of your TV stores; you just strap it onto your TV and then it mounts on the back to the wall so the TV doesn't tip over, the stand doesn't tip over… it’s a pretty easy process," McKinnon says.

Quale's Electronics is one of many stores that sell wall mounts.

"Samus makes a model that you can strap to the cabinet and you can attach it to the wall and its only 9.95... families with babies and toddlers should definitely look into it. It’s very easy; there's a strap that ties to the bottom of the wall mount, so you put that in there and strap it to the cabinet and if you want to put it to the wall, that's an extra safety measure," explains Bruce Quale, Quale’s Electronics.

Safe Kids encourages families to recycle larger, heavier TVs.

New models are safer, but still pose a risk.

“The TVs are getting lighter and lighter and even the larger ones are under 50 pounds, but maybe that’s still a presence of danger,” Quale points out.

Creating a safer environment for loved ones.

7 out of 10 children injured by TV tip-overs are under 5 years old... So wall mounts are especially useful in families with younger children.

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