TV Mounts Save Lives and Prevent Injuries
For most of us, television is a part of our everyday lives. It’s a fabulous way to enjoy time with your family and be entertained without having to leave the home. Unfortunately, there are also risks that televisions pose for children – and I’m not talking about your kids getting nightmares from catching a few nail-biting moments of your favorite episode of The Walking Dead. With the larger sizes and thin design, the flat panel televisions of today can easily be tipped over. If your child happens to be pulling on the TV itself or even attempting to scale the television stand like it’s Mount Everest, the TV can tip and topple off onto your child. The result? Injury or even death.
SANUS, a leading designer and manufacturer of flat panel TV wall mounts, has joined forces with Safe Kids Worldwide to increase awareness of this risk. By educating consumers on the risk of leaving a flat panel television unsecured, SANUS and Safe Kids Worldwide are hoping to lower the incidence of injury and death by reducing the number of TV tip-over related accidents.
Not convinced that your TV could be so dangerous?
If you still aren’t convinced that an unsecured television could pose a safety risk to your child, I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the statistics.
A 2011 US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on flat panel TV safety revealed:
- A child is killed every three weeks from an unsecured TV
- Every 45 minutes a child visits an emergency room due to a TV tip-over related injury
- Between 2000 and 2011, 215 fatalities resulted from TV tip-over
- An estimated 17,000 people each year, the majority of which are children, are treated for injuries from TV tip-overs
- Reported cases have increased almost 25% from 2006 to 2010, and over the last 10 years, injuries have increased by 31%
Prevention starts with education, so I urge you all to share this information with family members, friends and co-workers. You never know; the information that you share could save a life!
Tips from SANUS on How to Mount a TV
Using a wall mount can and does prevent flat panel televisions from tipping over on both adults and children. However, if you plan to install a wall mount for your flat panel TV, there are a few things that you should know. For instance, before selecting a mount, you should always note your television’s size and weight. This will assist you in determining which mount is most appropriate for your television. You want to be sure that the mount you choose can hold the weight of your television, while also being able to provide you with the viewing capability that you and your family desire.
SANUS TV wall mounts are available for purchase at Walmart stores nationwide. This brand offers easy installation with a wall template to ensure even placement. One of the great things about SANUS flat panel TV wall mounts is that all of the installation hardware is included right in the package! There’s no additional tools necessary. You also have access to an online video walkthrough that shows the simple installation process, step by step. Still need help? SANUS delivers here as well, with live customer support available 6 days a week.
SANUS encourages you to join their efforts and advocate mounting of flat panel TV’s in your homes. I do hope you’ll join them and help spread the word to other families across the nation – I am!
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