Prevent TV Tipover Injuries this Holiday Shopping Season by Anchoring TVs

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As the holiday shopping season begins, a recently released article and how-to infographic by the International Association for Child Safety (IAFCS) highlights the importance of anchoring new TVs to minimize the risk to consumers, especially to young children.

TV Tipovers Infographic

Real Danger of TV Tip-Overs [Infographic]

“When buying a new TV, it is critical for people to remember to also properly anchor it. Leaving that step out could result in serious injury to children,” says Colleen Driscoll, executive director of the IAFCS.

Injuries from TV tip-overs are on the rise. Flat-panel and curved TVs are easy to tip over because they are top-heavy with narrow bases. The average 32" flat-panel TV weighs as much as three bowling balls. TVs are getting bigger but both big TVs and small ultra-thin models can easily be pushed or tipped over by a child, causing a serious injury. When moving an old TV to a different room, families need to remember to secure the TV in the new location, as well.

“When buying a new TV, it is critical for people to remember to also properly anchor it. Leaving that step out could result in serious injury to children,” says Colleen Driscoll, executive director of the IAFCS.

The IAFCS has recently teamed up with SANUS, a leading manufacturer of TV mounts, to educate families and spread the word about TV safety. With a common mission to increase safety in the home, the IAFCS and SANUS have joined forces to encourage caregivers to take proper precautions when securing TVs in the home. TVs should be secured with wall mounts or restrained using TV anchoring straps. Both types of mounts are attached to wall studs with the appropriate screws. TVs should never be placed unanchored on top of furniture, even if it seems like the TV is out of a child’s reach. TV stands should also be attached to the wall to prevent tip-overs. The IAFCS has published an article about the dangers of TV tip-overs, and an infographic with tips on how to prevent these types of injuries and secure televisions.

About the IAFCS
The International Association for Child Safety (IAFCS) is an organization of child safety professionals who are dedicated to increasing safety awareness and preventing childhood injuries. As childproofing experts, IAFCS members have the unique experience, knowledge and skills to help families create safer homes for their children. For more information, visit http://childproofingexperts.com/.

About SANUS®
SANUS designs and builds a broad range of audio/video furnishings, mounts and accessories. Every SANUS product is engineered for safety and enhances both the A/V system and the surrounding décor. SANUS offers over 300 products, including TV wall mounts, home theater furniture units, TV stands, A/V equipment racks and speaker supports.

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