Falling flat screen televisions can be fatal to children

Anchor Your Flat Screen Televisions To Prevent Accidents

People often do not realize how dangerous falling flat screen televisions can be to children. Flat screen televisions are top heavy and often tip over if they are not properly anchored to a wall. There are several reported incidents each year in which children have been injured and killed by flat screen TVs.  Most often the televisions involved are placed on dressers, bureaus and tables not intended to be used as a TV stand and have not been properly anchored to the wall or floor.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 43,000 consumers are injured each year in tip-over incidents. More than 25,000 (59 percent) of those injuries are to children under the age of 18. Falling televisions have proven to be deadly, as they are associated with more than half (62 percent) of reported fatalities.

According to the CPSC, the following actions can be taken to minimize or avoid the risk of injury caused by falling flat-screen televisions:

  • Anchor furniture to the wall or the floor.
  • Place TVs on sturdy, low bases, or anchor the furniture and the TV on top the base, and push the TV as far back on the furniture as possible.
  • Keep remote controls, toys, and other items that might attract children off of TV stands or furniture.
  • Keep TV and/or cable cords out of reach of children.
  • Make sure freestanding kitchen ranges and stoves are installed with anti-tip brackets.
  • Supervise children in rooms where these safety tips have not been followed.

Keep your family and your children safe. Anchor flat screen televisions to the wall. Instructions or parts needed to complete this action are usually included with the television. This action should also be taken to secure bookshelves and other furniture, which poses a similar hazard to children.

For more information, contact personal injury lawyer John Mattiacci.

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