At times on this blog, I talk about movies. I love movies. I know we all love our big TVs that go along with our big movies. However, there might be a few little people in our lives we should consider. The statistics are a bit troubling:
As larger TVs get cheaper and more popular, the risks for injury from falling TVs goes up. A large screen TV falling onto a small child or toddler can easily cause severe head injuries and brain damage. It sounds stark I know, but some of these heavier TVs have the potential to crush a small child.
Televisions are seen as a source of interest and fun for small children. Perhaps they might try to to ‘touch’ one of their favorite characters. They might try to climb up a tall dresser to get to the TV. In many cases, this is asking for disaster.
Here are some simple solutions that might help keep your children safe around TVs.
- If possible, mount the TV to a wall.
- Don’t set the TV at the very front edge of the stand. Move it to the back of the stand if possible.
- Avoid placing large TVs in an area where children play unattended such as a bonus room.
- Don’t put televisions on tall dressers or stands that weren’t designed for a TV.
- Don’t put toys or interesting objects on top of or near the TV.
- Talk to them about the dangers of touching the TV.
- Consider securing the TV to a piece of furniture or the wall. There are several products on the market that will allow you to easily do this. Just hit amazon and do a search in electronics for ‘tv safety strap’.
We all enjoy our big TVs. Let’s just make sure we secure them properly and/or observe a few safety rules so we can all enjoy them together (including our sweet little people).