The Super Bowl is almost here! With the big game just around the corner, many people purchase nice, new flat screen TVs to better see the action. But there is one important piece of a television purchase that we all forget about – mounting the TV securely to the wall. Did you know that every three weeks a child is killed from a tipping TV? It’s a scary statistic. We love these nice TVs but we need to be aware of the danger they pose.
A few years ago my son tipped over our TV on top of himself. I have always had our TV’s anchored somehow. But as a military family we move constantly. When we moved from Alaska to California we had a few days in our house after all the furniture was packed and taken away. We kept a small 25 inch flat screen in the house so we’d have something to watch. Since we were about to move, the TV was not anchored to the wall or the furniture. We had it just sitting on a window bench seat. My youngest Owen, then 1 1/2, pulled the TV over onto himself while I was in the kitchen. The crash and scream stopped my heart.
We were lucky. Since it was such a small television and it fell from less than two feet Owen was fine. He just had a few small bruises but it was then I saw how it could be so much worse. Kids are fast! It doesn’t matter how closely you watch them, there is always a moment when you have to look away, and it only takes a moment. Flat screen TVs are especially dangerous because they have such a narrow base that they balance on. They easily can tip at the slightest bump or nudge, and those TVs are incredible heavy. As the presence of flat screens has increased, so has the frequency of injuries from tip-overs. In the last 10 years the frequency has increased 31%!
I would like to take a minute to convince all of you how important it is to anchor your televisions. Whether you are buying a new TV for the Super Bowl or already have one set up in your house, its important to get it anchored. With flat screen TVs the easiest and most secure way is to mount the TV to the wall. After what happened in our house you can guarantee ours are! SANUS makes many different models of TV mounts that you can use to keep your flat screen safe and secure.
I encourage you to visit TVSafety.org to learn more about the dangers of tipping televisions and how to keep your children safe. TVsafety.org is a consumer awareness website that was created by SANUS, the market leader in TV mounting solutions, in order to educate the public on this growing danger and to present safe solutions to protect families. They have a wealth of information on their site that every parent should read. They also have a Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/TvSafety, you can visit as well that is full of useful information and a great place to ask questions.
Please take the time to get your TV anchored. You never know who it might keep safe.
To help keep my readers safe SANUS is giving away a TV wall mount to one lucky reader. You will need to let me know your TV model and SANUS will get you the mount that is perfect for your house. The Giveaway is open to US Residents 18 and older. To enter just complete any options on the Rafflecopter widget below. The Giveaway will end at 11:59pm EST on Feb 3rd, 2013. Good luck!