Every 45 minutes here in the United States, a child is rushed to the emergency room for injuries caused by televisions that are not appropriately secured. To help prevent these TV tip-overs, Safe Kids Grand Forks is launching National TV Safety Day on Saturday, February 1, 2014, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII. As families prepare for this must see event, National TV Safety Day raises awareness about TV tip-overs and educates parents and caregivers on the simple things they can do to make their homes safer.
To learn TV safety tips, visit: http://www.safekids.org/recycle-old-tvs
Safe Kids Worldwide and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) are teaming up to make homes safer by encouraging families to recycle their old TVs. As part of this effort, Safe Kids and CEA urge parents and caregivers to do quick checks of their homes and make sure all of their TVs are safely secured and placed properly. Larger and heavier cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs placed on dressers or high furniture can tip over and cause serious injuries, even death, if children climb onto the furniture.
Every 3 weeks a child dies from a television tipping over. We don’t want any parent to have to endure the loss of a child due to a TV tip-over. National TV Safety Day is a time for families to conduct a quick TV safety check and learn what to do with older TVs that can be dangerous for young kids.
Safe Kids encourages families to include TV safety as part of their childproofing plans by placing CRT TVs on low, stable pieces of furniture. If families no longer use their CRT TV, consider recycling it. For families with flat panel televisions, Safe Kids recommends mounting TVs to the wall to reduce the risk of TV tip-overs.
Safe Kids Grand Forks recommends these top tips to help keep kids safe in communities and improve the environment:
- Secure your TV.
- If you have an older CRT TV, make sure you place it on a low, stable piece of furniture that is appropriate for the TV’s size and weight.
- Recycle your TV.
To find a location to safely and easily recycle unwanted TVs, go to www.GreenerGadgets.org. If you’re replacing your CRT TV with a new TV, be sure it’s properly secured.
For information about TV Safety, contact Safe Kids Grand Forks at email@example.com. Altru Health System is proud to serve as the lead agency for Safe Kids Grand Forks.