Did you know that one child dies every three weeks from a TV tipping over? I know it’s not something we (hubby and I) ever thought about when we thought about safety in our home and our kids. I mean I thought my television was safe where it was, perched on top of my Ikea shelf stand. I was wrong!
A new report collected reveals that there has been a 31% increase in injuries resulting from TV tip-overs in the past 10 years. That blows my mind and the fact the injuries are increasing is very scary.
A couple of years ago my sweet nephew almost met death when he was accidentally squashed by a television in his playroom from one of the kids climbing on the dresser the TV was mounted upon. He was rushed to the hospital and thank goodness he was okay. Many children however, they are not so lucky.
The report released December 13, 2012 by Safe Kids Worldwide and SANUS revealed that every three week a child dies from a TV tipping over and nearly 13,000 children are injured each year. The report also reveals that three out of four parents do not secure their TV to the wall. I’m one of them!
Many families in fact are so unaware that securing the TV is such an important part of household safety measures and others decide not to mount their TV’s due to concerns they have about damaging the walls or installing the mounts incorrectly. I know that was our reason. We rent our townhouse and didn’t want to wreck the walls, but I never imagined I’d be putting my kids at risk by making that decision.
“You wouldn’t think to bring a baby home from the hospital without a car seat or have your child ride a bike without a helmet,” said Carr. “Mounting your TV will protect your TV, and most important, your child.”
Carr is right. We wouldn’t do those things as parents. Our children’s safety is extremely important. Hubby and I are trying save for a new television and when we get one that is mountable we are going to mount it instead of putting it on a cabinet where kids can climb, push or risk putting themselves at harm by having it tip-over onto them.
Do you have your tv mounted on the wall? What safety measures have you taken to secure your televisions in your home? We’d love for you to share.
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