How To Protect Your Child From TV Tip Overs

As a parent, the safety of my children is vastly important but parents aren’t perfect. We don’t know everything. Which is why I’m always reading on the latest safety tips and articles that can help aid me in keeping my kids healthy and protected.

Did you know that one child dies every three weeks from a TV tipping over?  Me either. 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 thought my television was safe where it was, perched on top of my Ikea shelf stand.  

I was wrong!

A couple of years ago my sweet nephew almost met death when he was accidentally squashed by a television set in his playroom from one of the kids climbing on the dresser the TV was sitting upon. The dresser collapsed along with the television directly on top of him. He was rushed to the hospital, and thank goodness he was okay.  Many children, however, are not so lucky.

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. The fact that injuries are increasing is very scary. It means we aren’t learning from our mistakes, and our kids are paying the price.

Watching the above video makes me sick to my stomach as a parent. I can’t believe as I said that injuries are on the rise concerning this topic. We need to be aware of this.

We need to make sure it doesn’t happen and educate ourselves. It’s okay to not know the dangers because we aren’t perfect, but it’s not okay to ignore them.

The report I mentioned above released by Safe Kids Worldwide and SANUS revealed that every three weeks 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 used to be one of them!

Many families are so unaware that securing the TV is such an important part of household safety measures, while 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. 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. Corey and I are trying to 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. It’s not just for our children either. We think about other people’s kids coming to visit and what could possibly go wrong.

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 them in the comments below.

Disclosure: This post was compensation in order to share the important information above with our readers. All opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for reading!


  1. pam December 19, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I do not have my tv secured. It is on a stand. Yikes! I don't know, why we never secured it.

    Thanks for a wake up call. Another job on hubby's list for the holidays.

  2. MultiTestingMom December 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    This is something that truly does scare me!!! It can happen so easily!


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