Televisions were involved in furniture tip-over accidents that killed 206 children ages 8 and younger in the United States during the years 2000 to 2011, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The hazard often occurs when a TV is placed on a dresser or other unstable furniture–perhaps a heavy old tube TV relegated to a child’s room when a new flat-screen set takes over in the living room. A child may attempt to climb the furniture where a TV is placed–reaching for a remote control or a toy or even to turn on the TV–causing the whole top-heavy arrangement to fall on the child. Between 2000 and 2011, the age group that perished from TV tip-overs most often was children 1 to 3½ years old.
Secure your TV–new or old. Put your TV on a low TV stand. Flat-screen TVs are safest when properly mounted on a wall.
Read the full article here: Consumer Reports
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