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Congrats on your new TV — now secure it to prevent toppling

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Unsure what to do with your big, boxy TVs now that you've upgraded to sleeker flat-screens?

Whatever you do, don't put it in a back bedroom on a dresser or shelf. That could be a recipe for serious injury.

The number of children's deaths in the United States resulting from televisions and other furniture tip-overs has hit an all-time high.

TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD:

  • Assess the stability of the TVs in your home.
  • Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall to prevent them from toppling off stands. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to ensure a secure fit.
  • Place a large, heavy TV on a low, stable piece of furniture.
  • Use brackets, braces or wall straps to secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall.
  • Keep TV and cable cords out children's reach.
  • Avoid putting remote controls, toys and other items that might attract children's attention to TV stands or unstable furniture.

SOURCE:
Safe Kids Worldwide

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