Falling TV's, a Child Risk
This is our first post, but it is one which we need to cover first for our clients.
And this probably sounds trivial, but please pay attention.
Most of us have a Flat Screen TV in our houses and businesses today. We sit it on our entertainment centers, or on the dresser in the bedroom, and other places and never really pay attention to it. Most of us also have kids today. And most of us never realize the HAZARD this is!
Falling TV's in the media
Do a search on Google, Bing, or YouTube for "TV falling on Kids." You can easily find articles regarding this. Here are two:
- Injuries to Children From Falling TVs on the Rise Despite Slimmer Sets
- The Week: The Shocking Number of Deaths Caused by Falling TVs
Oh, and let's know forget IKEA's headache in the news:
Between all of this, it should be clear. Today's Flat Screens are gorgeous to look at, but they easily tip over. A child is hurt in the United States every 30 minutes from falling furniture and TV's.
There are two easy solutions to this problem. The first is to mount the TV to the wall. There are a variety of brackets to meet the needs of residential and commercial needs. Also, wiring can be hid IN THE WALL to prevent kids from pulling on the wires. (I have a 3 year old, and if she can get to it, she will!) They are naturally curious and want to explore. If you cannot hide the wiring in the wall, there are wiring tracks and other methods which can be used to keep little fingers and hands from getting to them.
Now, not everyone can mount their TV's to the walls because of rental/tenant agreements and such. For these instances, the best thing to do it use the TV straps. These are readily available at hardware store (Lowe's, Home Depot), online retailers (Amazon), and other stores (Walmart, Target, etc). These attach to the back of the screen and attach to EITHER the WALL or the TV STAND. Also, make sure the stand is wide enough for the TV. If you are using a TV Stand, also use 1 or more straps to attach this to the wall. And use a stud finder to find the studs in the wall (the studs are the wood in the wall which holds the wall up) and anchor to these.
If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to call or message us.