Parents and caregivers childproof their home, but many do not understand the potential danger of furniture or television tip-overs. Every three weeks a child dies from a television tipping over, this includes flat-screen televisions because although lighter, they tend to tip over easier. Over the past ten years, a child visits the emergency room every 45 minutes because of a television or furniture tipping over.
- Assess the stability of the televisions (TVs) in your home. Use sturdy furniture.
- Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall to prevent them from toppling off stands. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you have a secure fit.
- If you have a large, heavy, old-style cathode ray tube (CRT) TV, place it on a low, stable piece of furniture.
- Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall.
- Move heavy items to low shelves to prevent tipping.
- Remove tempting objects that a child can see but cannot reach.