Unsure what to do with your big, boxy TVs now that you've upgraded to sleeker flat-screen? Whatever you do, don't put in a back bedroom on a dresser or shelf. That could be a recipe for serious injury.
The number of child deaths in the United States resulting from televisions and other furniture tip-overs has hit an all-time high. Here are some safety tips to consider:
- 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 you have a secure fit.
- If you have a large, heavy television, place it 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 on TV stands or unstable furniture.
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