How Safe Is Your Home? TV Safety Facts – #TVSafety

Did you get a huge new flat screen TV for Christmas? Maybe someone you know did? Or you might know people who are planning to buy a big new TV to watch the Super Bowl next week?
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It’s more and more common these days for people to own large flat screen TVs. They’re awesome – huge and high definition, almost like having a mini movie screen in your own home! But did you know that flat screen TVs are also extremely dangerous?

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Flat Screen TV Mount TV Safety

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Unsecured flat-panel TVs pose a huge risk to the owners, and especially to their children. People may assume that the thin design is much lighter than previous models and therefore not as dangerous. Instead, the thin design actually causes increased danger because the TVs are not as stable. A slight bump or nudge can cause flat screen TVs to topple over, falling from furniture and causing injury or even death.

In fact, Safe Kids Worldwide reported in 2012 that TV tip-overs have increased 31% in the last 10 years while flat screen TVs became more and more popular. A report from the the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stated that almost 19,000 people receive medical treatment every year for injuries from tipping TVs.

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Parents of children are aware of many dangers in the home and often make the house “child-proof” to prevent accidents and injuries. Hazard-proofing TVs is still often overlooked since parents aren’t aware of the significant danger.

Mounting a flat-screen TV is the safest and most secure way to prevent injury from TV tip-overs. It’s easy to do, requiring only a few steps and common household tools. After using a stud-finder to locate the studs for a secure attachment, the homeowner can then install the wall mount with just a drill and screwdriver. Although mounting the flat-screen TV is safest, a safety strap can also be used to help prevent serious injuries. The safety strap simply attaches to the TV at one end and is secured to the wall with the other end.

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If you’re still not convinced that you need to safely mount or secure your flat-screen TV, consider these sobering facts:

•  A child is killed every three weeks from TV instability.

•  There are approximately 18,900 emergency department-treated injuries due to tipping TVs reported each year.

•  215 deaths due to tipping TVs were reported from 2000-2011; 96% of these fatalities were children under 10 years old.

•  29 deaths were reported from tipping TVs in 2011.

•  There were approximately 106,800 emergency room visits related to TV tip-overs from 2006-2011.

•  Approximately 17,000 emergency department-treated injuries due to tipping TVs were reported in 2011.

•  47% of TV tip-over related injuries happen to children under the age of 5.

•  Tip-over-related injuries increased by 31% in the last 10 years.

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Only 25% of adults take action to secure their TVs to a wall.
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Don’t become a statistic. Mount your TV.
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Flat Screen TV Safety SANUS

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Visit http://www.tvsafety.org, where you can find more information and statistics about TV safety, read news stories about accidents that have occurred with unsecured TVs, learn solutions for displaying your TV and even use a store locator to find retail locations where you can purchase products to safely secure a TV.
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Learn more about TV safety at http://www.facebook.com/TVSafetyhttps://twitter.com/TVsafety and http://www.tvsafety.org.

Learn more about SANUS TV safety products at http://www.sanus.com/us/en

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