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I love my big TV but…

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:

TV falling statistics

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.

  1. If possible, mount the TV to a wall.
  2. Don’t set the TV at the very front edge of the stand.  Move it to the back of the stand if possible.
  3. Avoid placing large TVs in an area where children play unattended such as a bonus room.
  4. Don’t put televisions on tall dressers or stands that weren’t designed for a TV.
  5. Don’t put toys or interesting objects on top of or near the TV.
  6. Talk to them about the dangers of touching the TV.
  7. 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).

Sources:
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_154876.html
http://www.tvsafety.org/the-story/
http://healthfinder.gov/News/Article/703659/toppling-tvs-a-risk-to-kids
http://www.today.com/health/toppling-tv-sets-are-injuring-more-kids-study-finds-t46736

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